Rutgers over KANSAS by 1
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.