West Virginia at Kansas Expert College Football Picks 9/21/2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
Austin Kendall and the West Virginia Mountaineers go to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas opens this contest as 6-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 54.5. The Mountaineers are 1-1-1 ATS and 1-2-0 when betting on the total. The Jayhawks are 1-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 1-2-0 against the spread.
Key West Virginia Mountaineers Injuries
09/15/19 OL Josh Sills Shoulder is questionable Saturday vs Kansas
09/15/19 RB Leddie Brown Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Kansas
09/15/19 RB Tevin Bush Suspension is questionable Saturday vs Kansas
09/15/19 DL Taijh Alston Knee is questionable Saturday vs Kansas
09/15/19 OL Michael Brown Illness is questionable Saturday vs Kansas
08/21/19 LB Vandarius Cowan Suspension is out first 4 games of season
Key Kansas Jayhawks Injuries
No key injuries to report
In their last contest, the West Virginia Mountaineers faced the NC State Wolfpack and won by a score of 44-27. Running the show from under center for the Mountaineers was Austin Kendall who went 27/40 with 272 yards through the air and threw 3 TD's. He walked away with 1 interception in the game. Kennedy McKoy paced the team in rushing for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 23 yards and he ran for 2 TD's for the game. He rushed for 66 yards via 10 carries which gave him an average of 6.6 yards per run. Sam James was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 155 yards on 9 receptions. He averaged 17.2 yards per catch for that contest. The West Virginia Mountaineers ran the football 28 times and totaled 173 yards giving them an average of 6.2 yards per carry. For the contest, the Mountaineers earned 25 first downs and they had a total of 12 infractions for 105 yards which shows us that this team didn't have their heads in this game. In all, they totaled 68 plays which added up to 445 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, West Virginia allowed 24 catches on 49 throws totaling 225 yards, and a completion percentage of 49.0%. On the ground, the Mountaineers allowed 144 yards on 37 runs which means they allowed 3.9 yards per rushing attempt allowed. Overall, they allowed a total of 369 yards and forced 0 turnovers.
The Mountaineers come into this game with a record of 2-1 for this season. For total yards, they rank 8th in the Big 12 Conference and 102nd in college football with 910 yards. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the country averaging 23.7 points per game, ranking them 92nd in college football. As a team, they have an average of 79 yards on the ground per contest which is 10th in the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers have one of the average defenses in the nation, allowing 26 points per game putting them 10th in the Big 12. When it comes to passing yards, the Mountaineers have conceded 673 yards. Opponents are completing 55.7% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.5 yards per try. In regard to yards on the ground, West Virginia is allowing 182.7 yards per game putting them 10th in the Big 12 and 102nd in Division 1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.1 yards per rush ranking them 8th in the Big 12 and 74th in the nation overall. Overall, they have conceded 548 yards rushing through 3 games.
In their last game, the Kansas Jayhawks took on the Boston College Eagles and ended up getting the victory by a score of 48-24. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Jayhawks was Carter Stanley who went 20/27 with 238 yards through the air and added 3 TD's. He walked away with 1 pick during the game. Khalil Herbert paced the team in rushing for that game. His longest run of the day went for 82 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown for the game. He ran for a total of 187 yards on 11 carries which had him averaging 17.0 yards per tote. Andrew Parchment led the team in receiving yardage by earning 100 yards on 8 catches. He had an average of 12.5 yards per catch for that game. The Kansas Jayhawks ran the ball 45 times and generated 329 yards which gave them an average of 7.3 yards per run. For the contest, the Jayhawks totaled 23 first downs and they had 8 penalties for 75 yards which shows us that this team didn't have their heads in this game. In the game, they ran 72 plays which added up to 567 yards. In terms of defense, Kansas allowed 21 catches on 41 attempts for a total of 219 yards, and a completion percentage of 51.2%. On the day, they allowed 447 yards and earned 0 takeaways. On the ground, the Jayhawks allowed 228 yards on 47 runs allowing their opponent an average of 4.9 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Jayhawks head into this game 2-1. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Jayhawks have one of the middle tier offenses in Division 1. Kansas has shown the nation they have a formidable rushing attack by averaging 201.7 rushing yards per game, which has them at 40th in college football. As a unit, they have a total of 605 yards rushing through 3 contests, so they'll look to continue their dominance on the ground to grind out wins. The Jayhawks average 397 yards per contest overall which has them at 74th in D-1 and 8th in the conference. The Jayhawks are allowing 17.7 points per contest which puts them at 5th in the Big 12 and 37th in Division 1. When talking about points given up, they have given up 53 total points. When it comes to yards on the ground, they are allowing 182 yards per game which puts them at 101st in D-1 and 9th in the conference. For this season, they have given up a total of 546 yards on the ground and 2.1 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense is one of the most dominate units in college football. They are allowing 185.7 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Jayhawks are currently ranked 6th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Mountaineers/Jayhawks NCAA football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Jayhawks +6
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