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KU football is big underdog for road tilt with Iowa State

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(Boston, MA, 09/13/19) Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles, left, talks with punter Kyle Thompson (80) prior to the start of an NCAA football game at Boston College in Boston, Mass., on Friday, September 13, 2019.

(Boston, MA, 09/13/19) Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles, left, talks with punter Kyle Thompson (80) prior to the start of an NCAA football game at Boston College in Boston, Mass., on Friday, September 13, 2019. by Chris Evans

After back-to-back losses, things don’t get any easier for the Kansas football team.

KU will travel to Iowa State this weekend for another 11 a.m. kickoff. ESPN’s FPI gives the Jayhawks just a 4.6% chance of winning, which is their lowest chance of victory over the final three games of the 2019 season.

The early betting line suggests that this game should be even more difficult for Kansas, which is coming off a 31-13 loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Iowa State is favored by 24.5 points, according to FanDuel’s Sportsbook as of Monday afternoon. The line actually opened at 23 points, so the number has jumped up a bit in 24 hours.

It marks just the sixth time since 2000 that the Cyclones are favored by 20-plus points. It is also the biggest betting number in favor of ISU since the team was laying 23 points against Kansas on Oct. 14, 2017 in what turned out to be a 45-0 win.

Iowa State has been favored in nine of its 11 games this season. The Cyclones (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) are coming off a 23-21 win over then-No. 19 Texas. The Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6) have scored a combined 23 points in consecutive defeats to Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

Saturday marks the 99th meeting between Iowa State and Kansas, a series that began in 1898. KU has a 50-42-6 advantage in the all-time series, but ISU has won the last four matchups. Kansas also hasn’t won a Big 12 road game since 2008.

Kansas is 4-6 against the spread this season, while Iowa State is 6-4. As of Monday, Odds Shark projects the Cyclones to cover the spread and the total score (59 points) to go over.

All Big 12 spreads for Week 13

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Kansas at Iowa State (-24.5)

Oklahoma State (-7) at West Virginia

Texas at Baylor (-5.5)

Kansas State at Texas Tech (-2)

TCU at Oklahoma (-18)

Comments

Doug Roberts 2 weeks, 2 days ago

If KU can get their offense going again they can compete with anybody. I'm a little worried, though.

I was ready to hand the keys to Dearmon, but it appears defensive coordinators are reading his book.
Hopefully, he can adjust and get the offense humming again. All hinges on the OL I think.

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