If the Kansas Jayhawks football program hasn’t hit rock-bottom yet, a 50-game road losing streak may just do it.
The Jayhawks’ last win away from home came nearly nine years ago against UTEP on Sept. 12, 2009.
Kansas won that game, 34-7, and held UTEP to negative rushing yards over the first three quarters. Since then it’s been an ugly run of 46 straight road losses, and Kansas’ ineptitude has cost more than just moneyline bettors.
The stats behind the streak
- 13-33 ATS
- 11-27 ATS vs. Big 12 opponents
- 0-11 ATS at Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. and Baylor
- Underdog in 44 of 46 games
- Double-digit underdog in 37 games
- Underdog of 21+ points in 28 games
- <50% of bets in 41 games (12-29 ATS)
- >50% of bets in five games (1-4 ATS)
- 0 points scored in four games
- <10 points scored in 14 games
- >50 points allowed in 15 games
- Losses by >35 points in 22 games
Nearly half of Kansas’ road losses have come by at least five touchdowns, and they’ve easily been the worst road team ATS (13-33) since the streak began, with only Army (15-29) and UTEP (20-34) coming close.
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Kansas has also gone sub-.500 on both the first-half spread (17-29 ATS) and second-half spread (21-25 ATS) away from home.
The agony hasn’t been limited to road contests, and the Jayhawks have amassed just a 25-33 ATS record at home over that span. With a combined home/road ATS record of 38-66, they’ve lost spread bettors nearly 30 units since 2009, dead last in college football.
If you add in the first-half and second-half spreads, it’s far worse (128-180 ATS, -59 units).
Surprisingly, sharp bettors seem to be high on Kansas this Saturday at Central Michigan.
The Jayhawks have moved from +7 to +4 on the spread and from +222 to +168 on the moneyline. This is particularly odd considering they just lost at home to Nicholls State, 26-23.
There has been one way that bettors have been able to profit off of Kansas’ struggles, and that’s betting their second-half lines in blowouts.
College football teams down 42+ points at halftime cover at a ridiculous 65% rate, and Kansas has gone a perfect 6-0 ATS in those spots.
The system has gone 2-0 ATS so far this season with FAU (+7.5) and Mercer (+13.5) covering their second-half spreads in Week 1.
It’s not likely that Kansas will be down by 42+ points at Central Michigan this weekend, but it could happen down the road at Baylor (Sep. 22), at West Virginia (Oct. 6), at Texas Tech (Oct. 20), at Kansas State (Nov. 10) and at Oklahoma (Nov. 17).