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- In terms of throwing yards, the Kansas Jayhawks rank 71st.
- Against UNLV, opposing quarterbacks have a passing rating of 89.6.
KANSAS VS UNLV PREDICTION
The UNLV Rebels and Kansas Jayhawks will square off at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, December 26 at 9:00 PM ET. ESPN will be providing televised coverage of the match.In this non-conference game, Kansas is expected to play the Rebels, and they are the road favorite by 11.5 points. For my opinions and suggested bets, continue reading.
KANSAS VS. UNLV MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
- Sport: College Football
- Teams: UNLV Rebels vs. Kansas Jayhawks
- Where: Chase Field’s Phoenix
- Date: December 26, Tuesday
KANSAS PREVIEW: WILL KANSAS REBOUND AFTER A LOSS?
Kansas is now 8-4 on the season as they get ready to play UNLV this week after defeating Cincinnati 49-16. Kansas has an ATS record of 7-4 based on their season average score differential of +7.8. The Jayhawks have started as the underdog in five games and as the favorite in six. The average over/under for Kansas’ games through 12 games is 59 points. With a cumulative scoring average of 59.3 points over their games, OU has a 5-5-1 record.
Against Cincinnati, the Jayhawks completed their 17 pass attempts with 250 yards and two touchdowns. They averaged 9.2 yards per carry in the running game, which led to five touchdowns. In the team’s most recent victory versus Cincinnati, quarterback Jason Bean ended with 250 passing yards. He ran for two scores in addition to throwing for two touchdowns.
Cincinnati’s offense scored 342 yards against Kansas’ defense. They gave up 231 yards on the ground and 111 yards in the passing game. The Kansas defense, which is ranked 142nd in terms of passing yards allowed per game, is set to face UNLV. When playing the Jayhawks, opponents attempt 28.9 passes on average each game. They rank 97th in NCAA football due to their opponents’ 25.8 points allowed per game. In the NCAA, their run defense is ranked 121st.
UNLV PREVIEW: CAN UNLV SECURE ANOTHER VICTORY?
UNLV’s record suffered, going from 9-4 to 9-3 after their most recent matchup with Boise State. With a final score of 44-20, the Rebels were defeated in the game. UNLV has been the underdog in six games thus far and the favorite in six. An average scoring difference of +7.3 and an ATS record of 9-3 have resulted from this. The average over/under line in UNLV’s matches over the last 13 games has been 55.3 points. With an average total score of 61.3 points from these games, OU has an 8-4 record.
With 81 rushing yards on 28 tries and one rushing touchdown against Boise State, the Rebels’ offense concluded the game. Despite tossing the ball 38 times, the team’s passing offense managed to finish with 217 without scoring any points. Quarterback Jayden Maiava attempted 29 passes against Boise State in their most recent defeat. With 166 throwing yards at the end of the game, he completed 51.7% of his throws. He also had two interceptions during the contest.
Boise State was given 545 yards total by UNLV in the defensive end. This entails surrendering 226 passing yards and the 319 permitted yards on the ground. The Rebels’ defense ranks 103rd this season after allowing an average of 165.4 running yards. When playing UNLV, opponents average 238.7 passing yards, and their quarterbacks have an 89.6 passer rating. As of right now, they rank 32nd in the NCAA in terms of points allowed.
KANSAS VS UNLV BETTING ODDS, TRENDS & ANALYSIS
UNLV has a record against Kansas that is above.500 at home, having won three of their last five meetings.
With an ATS record of 7-3, Kansas has the advantage in their previous ten matches head-to-head vs UNLV.
After opening as 12.5-point road favorites, Kansas is still the favorite, with lines currently at -11.5. Kansas has moved to -478 from its initial moneyline of -450, yielding an estimated win percentage of 83%. With a moneyline of +341, UNLV currently has implied odds of 23%. The moneyline for the Rebels opened at +350.
KEY BETTING TRENDS
- Kansas is 2-1 away from home against the spread.
- In their last 10 home games, UNLV has an 8-2 record against the spread.
- UNLV has a 4-1 ATS record in the five most recent instances in which they were the underdog.
- In their last three games as the favorite, Kansas’ record against the spread is 1-2.
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