NCAAF Odds, Picks, Predictions for Kansas vs. Texas

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Kansas vs. Texas Odds

Saturday, Sept. 30
3:30 p.m. ET
Kansas Odds
-105o / -115u
Texas Odds
-105o / -115u
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute NCAAF odds here.

The Kansas Jayhawks look for another upset in Austin when they take on the Texas Longhorns on Saturday.

Kansas outlasted BYU, 38-27, last Saturday to move to 4-0.

The last time Kansas went to Austin, the Jayhawks pulled off one of the biggest upsets in their history by winning outright as 31-point underdogs, 57-56, in overtime.

This time around, Kansas is a little bit shorter of an underdog, but the Jayhawks have an offense that can keep them in this game.

The Longhorns got a routine 38-6 win against Baylor in Waco last Saturday to move to 4-0 on the season. This is a big lookahead spot for Texas with Oklahoma coming up next week in the Red River Rivalry. However, Texas can't take Kansas lightly after what happened two years ago.

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Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas' rushing attack is one of the most dynamic in the country. The Jayhawks are averaging over five yards per rush attempt, while ranking 24th in Rushing Success Rate and 10th in Offensive Line Yards.

Running back Devin Neal has continued to build off of a 1,000-yard season in 2022, as he already has almost 400 yards rushing, has forced 24 missed tackles and is averaging 3.5 yards per rush after contact.

Meanwhile, Kansas' passing attack can be described with one word: efficient.

Last year, with Jalon Daniels under center, the Jayhawks led the country in EPA/Pass, with Daniels putting up crazy good numbers.

That's continued into this season, as Daniels owns a 90.5 PFF Passing Grade in his three starts. Also, Kansas ranks third in Passing Success Rate and is once again among the top 10 in EPA/Pass.

The Jayhawks have maybe the craziest combination of defensive rankings in college football. They rank an elite fifth in generating Havoc, but they sit dead last nationally in Finishing Drives Allowed, as opponents have crossed their 40-yard line 10 times and scored 62 points on those drives.

This extremely talented Longhorns offense should score every time it gets into Jayhawk territory.

Texas Longhorns

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers had a really efficient game against Baylor last Saturday, throwing for 293 yards on just 23 attempts.

He had a down game against Wyoming the week before, but still had the game of his life against Alabama, putting up 349 yards with three big-time throws and a 90.6 PFF Passing Grade.

Jonathon Brooks has been a very solid runner for the Longhorns by averaging 5.8 yards per carry and being an absolute pain to tackle. Brooks has already forced 25 missed tackles and is averaging 4.12 yards per carry after contact, which is ninth in college football for running backs with more than 50 carries.

Texas, however, doesn't have great metrics as a team offensively. It's 96th in Success Rate, 70th in EPA/Play and 73rd in Finishing Drives.

However, this is still a top-20 team in Explosiveness, which is important against a Kansas defense that ranks outside the top 100 in both Passing and Rushing Explosiveness Allowed.

Texas has one of the most stacked defensive units in college football. The Longhorns are tough to run against, as they're only allowing 2.7 yards per carry and rank 11th in Rushing Success Rate Allowed.

However, opponents have found some success throwing against the Longhorns, who rank 67th in Passing Success Rate Allowed and 78th in EPA/Pass Allowed.

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Kansas vs Texas

Matchup Analysis

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Kansas Offense vs. Texas Defense
Rush Success1911
Line Yards724
Pass Success331
Finishing Drives4510
Quality Drives2825
Texas Offense vs. Kansas Defense
Rush Success8751
Line Yards8463
Pass Success6058
Finishing Drives73132
Quality Drives2581
Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling5382
PFF Coverage2263
Special Teams SP+150
Middle 83958
Seconds per Play30.3 (121)25.7 (45)
Rush Rate60.7% (20)54.0% (69)

Kansas vs Texas

Betting Pick & Prediction

Even though the Longhorns aren't putting up the offensive metrics that we expected to this point in the season, they should still torch this Jayhawks defense that allowed over 300 yards passing to Kedon Slovis last week at home in windy conditions.

Plus, Kansas can't stop anyone once opposing offenses cross the 40-yard line, so Texas should light up the scoreboard.

The flip side is Kansas has maybe one of the most dynamic and difficult offenses to prepare for in college football, given the amount of different formations and motions it uses.

Plus, having a dual-threat quarterback with Daniels' ability takes it to the next level, which is why the Jayhawks are once again putting up incredibly efficient offensive numbers.

Both of these offenses are playing at a slightly above-average pace in terms of seconds per play, so I think we'll see a high-scoring affair in Austin.

Take the over at 61 on FanDuel.

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