Kansas Jayhawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Volunteers – College Football, October 17, 2020

| October 15, 2020 12:33 am PDT

The Jayhawks have been getting stomped on by not just Big 12 competition – they also got raided by the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina.

The Mountaineers are coming off of an upset victory over Baylor and have serious aspirations.

If you’re only interested in betting on the best college football games of the week, this preview isn’t for you.

Let’s look ahead toward a Kansas vs. West Virginia prediction and find out where the value lies.

Kansas vs. West Virginia Odds

Kansas (+22.5)-115
West Virginia (-22.5)-105
Kansas to Win+1100
West Virginia to Win-2500
Over 51.5-105
Under 51.5-115

I’ve provided my college football upset picks of the week, but there are no signs of any “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk” chants – that I can assure you. Kansas opened as a 27-point underdog in Vegas, although the line has inexplicably shot all the way down to 22.5.

Given that 71% of the Consensus Spread Picks on ESPN came in on West Virginia, this movement seems a bit peculiar. It would suggest that sharp money has come pouring in on Kansas, but I doubt that took place.

Perhaps Vegas installed that line as a “feeler” before quickly adjusting their bearings.

Previewing the Jayhawks

There’s just not a whole lot of positives to take away from Kansas’ first three performances. They’ve thrown a total of two touchdown passes in 12 quarters and average a putrid 146.7 passing yards/game. Of all the teams currently playing in the FBS, only Syracuse and UL Monroe have been worse on third down.

We thought the Jayhawks running game would be something Les Miles could trust, but Pooka Williams has been underwhelming (under 80 rushing yards in all three games).

As far as the defense goes, woof.

KU is yielding 227.7 rushing yards per game, while their three opponents have scored 38, 47, and 47.

Previewing the Mountaineers

Not that Neal Brown and his crew needed any assistance, but it’ll help to have their crowd cheering them on in Morgantown.

Remember when I highlighted the Jayhawks rushing defense among their many shortcomings? Well, that gets exacerbated this weekend as the Mountaineers have two backs that can hit the hole with force. Leddie Brown will receive the bulk of the work, while Alec Sinkfield is a shifty speedster averaging 6.7 yards per tote.

QB Jarret Doege won’t be asked to do anything out of the norm, so expect to see the junior from Lubbock continue spreading it around. Just three games into the year and nine different WVU pass-catchers have already hauled in at least four balls. Winston Wright Jr. (15 catches, 180 yards) and Sam James (17 catches, 160 yards) lead the way. 

Kansas vs. West Virginia Pick

Among all the games on the Saturday slate, backing the Mountaineers is one of my best college football bets. The fact that this line originated at 27 and we can get in at 22.5 is music to my ears.

We could try and complicate a Kansas vs. West Virginia prediction and drum up reasons how the Jayhawks can keep pace. The problem is the program in Lawrence is dealing with a shortage of talent and lacks leadership.

Heck, Kansas didn’t even have a plan in place as of Wednesday evening in the event that Miles can’t be present.

Look for the Mountaineers to put the Jayhawks to bed early. Something like 38-10 seems appropriate.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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