The Kansas Jayhawks (5-2) and Baylor Bears (3-3) are Big 12 rivals with surprisingly similar seasons through seven weeks. Both began as promising 3-0 teams, with two road wins after three games. Baylor even surprised then-No. 21 BYU in the second game. However, both BU and KU 0-2 are now desperate to stop the bleeding here.
The Kansas Jayhawks have dropped their previous two games. \It wasn’t due to a lack of offense. Kansas had 73 points (770 yards) in those games. Entering Week 8, the Jayhawks rank 19th in points per game (37½), and ninth in yards per play (6.8).
They have succeeded due to the play of starting quarterback Jalon Daniels. The problem is Daniels suffered a shoulder injury, and won’t be back until early November. That leaves the offense in the hands of senior Jason Bean. Over the last two weeks, Bean is 32-of-51 (527 yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions). Kansas lost both of those games. Bean’s no slouch, but can’t replicate Daniels’ consistency or results. The only saving grace is Baylor’s shaky pass defense. The Bears rank 101st in opponent completion rate (64.8%), 92nd in sack rate (4.28%) and 79th in pass yards allowed per game (249.8).
The fact Daniels is out is huge. Baylor’s passing defense isn’t great. Daniels may very well have shredded it. However, with Bean at quarterback, Baylor will have an easier time slowing down KU
The Bears’ rushing defense is their bread and butter, 25th in yards per rush (3½) and 33rd in yards per game (122.8). Despite that, Baylor may struggle against the Jayhawks’ 18th-ranked rushing offense in yards per carry (5.2). Kansas averages nearly 200 yards per game on the ground, and will rely on that with Daniels on the shelf.
Kansas vs Baylor Game Injuries
Kansas vs Baylor Head-to-Head
Baylor is leading the series against Kansas, 17-4, winning 12 games in a row dating to 2010.
Kansas vs Baylor Game Information
- Game: Kansas (5-2) vs Baylor (3-3)
- Location: McLane Stadium, Waco, TX
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 22, Noon ET
- Kansas vs Baylor Live Stream: ESPN
Kansas vs Baylor Betting Lines
Kansas vs Baylor Prediction
We aren’t huge proponents of historical records, it is worth noting that Kansas hasn’t beaten Baylor since 2007. Baylor is also 10-0 against the spread in this series dating to 2012.
With Daniels out of this game, we don’t see Kansas’ fortunes in this rivalry changing. Baylor should be able to capitalize on this huge advantage and cover as eight-point home faves.
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