Kansas vs. Ohio U, 9-16-2017 - Prediction & Preview
Written by: Nikhil Kalro
Kansas Jayhawks at Ohio Bobcats
NCAAF: Peden Stadium, Athens, Ohio at 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 16, 2017
The Line: Ohio Bobcats -7.5
The Kansas Jayhawks stay on the road for a trip to Ohio to face the Bobcats at the Peden Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Both teams were beaten rather convincingly in their second-week games.
Jayhawks handed drubbing by Chippewas
The Kansas Jayhawks were shown the door as the Central Michigan Chippewas eased to a 45-27 upset win in week 2. Peyton Bender finished with 323 yards, but could only connect with 32 of his 62 passes.
“Peyton could have played a lot better game with his accuracy,” coach David Beaty said. “I thought he needed to do a little bit better job of pulling the ball down at times, taking off and becoming a runner. It would have helped us a little bit with that game.”
The Chippewas ran away with the game by halftime, taking a 24-6 lead, and although the Jayhawks threatened in the third quarter, it was far too little, far too late.
No answers for Boilermakers
The Ohio Bobcats started the season so clinically. A week later, they were contemplating if they had the intensity to sustain excellence through a season as the Purdue Boilermakers enjoyed a comfortable 44-21 win after putting up 558 offensive yards.
“Offensively, they have balance,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said of Purdue. “They are capable of beating you with the running game or the throwing game. There is a lot of imagination in the offense.”
The Bobcats’ statistics are slightly skewed because of their opening-week win, but week 2 brought it back into an acceptable balance. They have scored an average of 40 points a game (tied for 33rd in the country).
Kansas Jayhawks are:
- No key trends
Ohio Bobcats are:
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
These two teams are closer than the line, and the statistics, seem to suggest. The Jayhawks have been on the road, but it’s still early in the season. The Bobcats are also vulnerable after a heavy loss to Purdue.
The Pick: Kansas Jayhawks +7.5
Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and plain simple learning with a few years of handicapping experience makes him almost 0.500 reliable. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.
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