Rut­gers over KANSAS by 1

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No, they didn’t set fire to parked cars or top­ple Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments, but Kansas fans spilled out into the streets of Lawrence (ac­tu­ally there was like a dozen or so) on Satur­day night to cel­e­brate the Jay­hawks’ first road win since 2009. Af­ter suf­fer­ing 46 con­sec­u­tive de­feats on the col­lege foot­ball high­ways, 3-point un­der­dog KU took the check­ered flag af­ter a sur­pris­ing 31-7 dom­i­na­tion of Cen­tral Michi­gan. So the ques­tion begs: can head coach David Beaty fi­nally score back-to-back vic­to­ries for the first time in his dis­mal 4-34 SU ten­ure with Kansas? The good news is the Jay­hawks are 8-0 SU and 7-0 ATS in games fol­low­ing a road win since 2003 (yes, road wins have been scarce for KU). How­ever, the bad new – you knew it was com­ing, didn’t you – is the Jay­hawks are just 3-15 SU and 4-14 ATS in games when com­ing off a win, in­clud­ing fol­low­ing a non-con­fer­ence vic­tory. As for Rut­gers, you can throw out last week’s 52-3 an­ni­hi­la­tion of the Scar­let Knights by Ohio State: Tony So­prano U has now been outscored 271-27 by the Buck­eyes since join­ing the Big Ten, in­clud­ing 166-3 un­der head coach (and for­mer OSU as­sis­tant), Chris Ash. To­day’s game finds the Knights in a much more en­joy­able role as Big Ten dogs of less than 14 points are 14-6 ATS against Big 12 teams com­ing off a win. And while Kansas man­aged to win the stats for only the third time in its last 23 con­tests, don’t for­get that they were out-yarded and out-played by FCS foe Ni­cholls State in the Jay­hawks’ sea­son opener. In a game that has ‘would you rather’ writ­ten all over it, we’ll choose to sit this one out.

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