Saturday, November 21, 2020, David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas, 3:30 p.m. ET
Longhorns at Jayhawks Betting Preview: Longhorns (-29), Jayhawks (+29)
Texas Longhorns Betting Preview
The No. 22 Longhorns (5-2, 4-2 Big 12) have won their last three games to get back into the conference race, but that still hasn’t done much to quell speculation about coach Tom Herman’s future in Austin.
Such is the nature of one of the nation’s richest football programs, especially when a spot in the College Football Playoff will likely elude the Longhorns again despite their recent surge.
A bye week coming off a 17-13 victory over West Virginia allowed the rumor mill more time to churn.
“We understand the difference,” said Herman, “between vocal minorities and people who make decisions and their beliefs.”
A loss at Kansas in 2016 solidified the dismissal of Charlie Strong and led to the hiring of Herman at Texas. While Herman’s 30-17 ride has been bumpy, the Longhorns are beginning to heal from a rash of injuries and ride a defense that leads the Big 12 with 13 takeaways.
Getting the offense untracked is another matter. During its win streak, Texas has not put up arcade numbers typical of Big 12 contenders, averaging a pedestrian 26 points and 5.1 yards per snap, though quarterback Sam Ehlinger has played with a depleted group of receivers.
Ehlinger is under a 60 percent completion percentage (58.8) but still has averaged 262.0 yards a game passing with 22 touchdowns against five interceptions. He is also the team’s leading rusher with 323 yards, even though Texas has given up 17 sacks for 104 yards.
Joshua Moore has seven touchdown receptions among his team best 22 receptions (343 yards).
Kansas Jayhawks Betting Preview
Kansas, which took Texas to the wire last season before falling 50-48 on a last-second field goal, is looking at the possibility of going winless for just the third time in history. A 12th consecutive losing season for the Jayhawks (0-7, 0-6 Big 12) is already assured.
In his second season as coach, Les Miles is committed to a youth movement that finds the Jayhawks losing by an average of 33.3 points.
“We said from the beginning, we’re starting a four- to five-year process,” said Kansas athletic director Jeff Long, who fired David Beaty after the 2018 season and hired Miles. “I’m not making that up now because we’ve lost some games. That has been the plan. We’re working that plan. We’re doing it the right way.”
The Jayhawks are coming off a bye week but how it benefits quarterback Jalon Daniels remains a question. The true freshman has been limited at practice after absorbing nine sacks before suffering an injury in a 62-7 loss at Oklahoma on Nov. 7.
Daniels is among six true freshmen who have started for Kansas. Its roster includes 37 true freshmen, the most of any team in the Big 12, including 24 who have played this season. Daniels has completed only 51.8 percent of his passes for 661 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions in 139 attempts.
This week, safety Davon Ferguson became the third Kansas starter to opt out in-season, joining running back Pooka Williams and linebacker Dru Prox, who left previously.
Longhorns at Jayhawks Betting Pick for November 21, 2020
The Longhorns lead the series 16-3 and have won the last three meetings, though last year’s game was a wild affair with the Longhorns escaping with the 50-48 win on Cameron Dicker’s 33-yard field goal as time expired.
Ehlinger was 31 of 44 passing for 399 yards and four touchdowns and Keontay Ingram rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown. Ehlinger rushed for 91 yards despite losing 24 yards on three sacks.
Longhorns at Jayhawks Betting Pick:
Texas 49, Jayhawks 10
Longhorns at Jayhawks Best Bet for November 21, 2020
The Jayhawks have had some huge losses, 62-9 to Oklahoma and 55-14 to Kansas State and 52-22 to Iowa State earlier. Texas is coming off an open date after squeaking by West Virginia 17-13 on November 7.
Longhorns at Jayhawks Best Bet: UNDER 60.5