Kansas Jayhawks at (13) Baylor Bears (-33.5, 62 o/u)
The Baylor Bears (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) have what appears to be an easy game this weekend as they host the Kansas Jayhawks (2-5, 0-4 Big 12) this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern at McLane Stadium in Waco. (The game will be broadcast by Fox Sports 1.)
The Bears are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season two weeks ago, a 41-27 upset at the hands of the West Virginia Mountaineers. If not for the loss, Baylor would have found itself in the top four of the CFP rankings and in line for a playoff spot. As it is, they now sit 13th. The Bears had a bye last weekend, and were left to stew in the juices of defeat. But they did their best to use the time productively.
“Figuring out how we can remedy things that went wrong on the football field and gather up a new direction so to speak. That part of it was beneficial,” coach Art Briles said. “The hard part is just not being able to do your trade. What you want to do is get back on the football field and get back to work.”
Since beating Iowa State in Ames in 2008, the Kansas Jayhawks have lost 24 straight conference road games. This season has largely been a disaster, and Kansas is currently riding a four game losing streak. (We can only assume that the QB is about to fumble the snap in the picture above.) Still, coach Clint Bowen knows that one good win can provide a breath of life in an otherwise macabre year.
“(We’re) all getting prepared for what is a great challenge for our program, an opportunity to play a 6-1 team coming off its first loss of the year, and a team that has built a nice program,” interim coach Clint Bowen said.
The Bears are huge 33.5-point favorites, and the over/under is at 62. Kansas is 0-5 SU in its last five games at Baylor.
(Photo credit: David Reber. Cropped by User:Blueag9. (http://flickr.com/photos/davidreber/3073337270/) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo has been cropped from its original.)