The Kansas Jayhawks will host the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Big 12 clash Saturday afternoon from David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The Mountaineers recorded a big 44-27 home win over NC State in their previous action, and the Jayhawks tallied a 48-24 upset road win against Boston College last week. The Mountaineers registered a 38-22 home win against Kansas last season.
West Virginia Wallops NC State in Big Win
The West Virginia Mountaineers concluded the non-conference portion of their schedule with two wins. They opened with a 20-13 win against James Madison of the FCS in week one, followed by a terrible 38-7 road loss to Missouri last week. The Mountaineers offense exploded in a big 44-27 home win against NC State last week in a matchup that had WVU as seven-point dogs. QB Austin Kendall collected 272 passing yards last week, and he has thrown for 669 passing yards with a 6:3 TD to INT ratio in three games. The junior QB saw very limited action the last two seasons with Oklahoma. Kennedy McKoy struggled in the first two games with only 12 rushing yards, although he rebounded with 66 yards last week. The senior RB led WVU with 802 rushing yards in 2018.
The Mountaineers lost their two leading receivers from 2018, and freshman Sam James has fared well in his larger role this season, posting 222 receiving yards in three games. The WVU offense won’t be as potent as last year, although scoring 44 points against NC State is an encouraging sign.
Coach Brown on traveling to Kansas being mature on the road…
— West Virginia Football (@WVUfootball) September 17, 2019
The West Virginia defense came up huge in the second half last week by holding NC State to six points. They struggled on the road in week two against Missouri, and Kansas cannot be taken lightly. The Mountaineers pass defense has been a strength as they stand 29th in the FBS. WVU has averaged 23.7 points in three games, ranking them 93rd in the FBS while allowing an average of 26.3 points, pegging them 78th overall.
Kansas Upsets Boston College
The Kansas Jayhawks enter this one with confidence after taking down Boston College 48-24 on the road last week in a game that had the Jayhawks as 18.5 point underdogs. This comes after a 12-7 home loss to Coastal Carolina in week two. QB Carter Stanley rebounded with a solid performance last week, recording three touchdowns on 238 passing yards. Overall, the senior QB has fared well, recording 586 passing yards with a 5:3 TD to INT ratio in three games. The Kansas running game is a strength with two potent running backs. Khalil Herbert broke out with 187 rushing yards last week, while Pooka Williams Jr. came through with 121 yards. The duo has combined for 577 rushing yards and they should have their way against a weak WVU rushing defense.
“It was a lot of fun to see our hard work and preparation pay off last week,” Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley said. “But win or lose, you have to flush it on Sunday. It’s a new week and it’s up to us to see what we can do with it.”
— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) September 14, 2019
Andrew Parchment continues to excel, accumulating 19 receptions for 235 yards in two games. The Jayhawks offense was not sharp in their first two games, but they responded with a spectacular effort at Boston College last week, and they are up against a subpar defense in this one.
The Kansas defense is looking good. While they allowed 447 total yards last week against Boston College, they limited them to only 21 points. They will give up yards on the ground which is countered by a pass defense that rank 42nd in the FBS. Head coach Les Miles has his team back on track with last week’s upset win and they should bring that momentum into their conference opener. Kansas is averaging 26.3 points, placing them 86th overall, while conceding 17.7 points, positioning them 37th in the FBS.
“The guys have accomplished to a point,” Miles said, “and now it’s about the next things we set our sails on doing. I certainly like where we’re at and I think our team will really be motivated to do special things. They understand they’ve done a couple. Now, is there more to it?”
The West Virginia Mountaineers are:
- 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight-up win.
- 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The Kansas Jayhawks are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against West Virginia.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games.