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Kansas vs Houston Odds, Lines and Best Bet

Chris Wassel

by Chris Wassel in College Football

Sep 15, 2022 · 9:31 AM PDT

Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Jalon Daniels passes the ball
Sep 10, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) passes the ball against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second quarter at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
  • Kansas and Houston face off Saturday afternoon in Week 3 on September 17th
  • The Cougars are currently 8.5 point betting favorites over the Jayhawks in the CFB odds
  • Read below for Kansas vs Houston odds, spread and best bet for Week 3

This matchup has Kansas going off to Houston to take on the Houston Cougars in a Week 3 game on Saturday, September 17. Kickoff is set for just after 4:00 PM ET at TDECU Stadium, and the game will be streamed on ESPN+. Kansas will be trying to get off to a 3-0 start, while Houston tries to avoid a third consecutive overtime.

Houston is now a 9-point betting favorite and the total is set at 57.5 for this contest. The Jayhawks are significant road underdogs with Kansas sports betting officially live.

Let’s dive into the Kansas vs Houston odds and offer you our best bets and predictions.

Kansas vs Houston Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Kansas +8.5 (-110) +260 Over 57.5 (-110)
Houston -8.5 (-110) -315 Under 57.5 (-110)

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Houston is -315 on the moneyline in the college football odds, giving them 75.9% implied probability to win.

Kansas Believes It Has A Chance Again

Coming off a dreadful 2-10 season, Kansas already has a chance to exceed its win total from last year. The Jayhawks and head coach Lance Leipold had quite the adventure in Morgantown last week. In their 55-42 victory over West Virginia, Kansas was up 11 points in the fourth quarter before the Mountaineers rallied. The Jayhawks righted the ship in overtime, scored, and then got a Pick-Six for insurance. The Jayhawks delivered a shocking win in a hostile environment while smashing past the over for bettors.

Kansas did not get much respect from the books this week. Their odds have shortened a bit to +23333 in the Big 12 Title odds, which still ranks last.

That list of stunned pundits and experts is definitely growing. The last time the Jayhawks started a season 3-0 was 2007 when they went 12-1 and finished seventh in the AP Poll. Their only loss that year was to Missouri after reeling off 11 straight wins. No one is expecting that here but it has been a long, long time since the Jayhawks have been relevant.

So, Kansas did not score 56 points in Morgantown. They scored 55 and racked up 201 yards rushing on the Mountaineers in Morgantown. This time, the running backs, produced four touchdowns in all with two each by Devin Neal and Daniel Hishaw Jr. The Jayhawks averaged 5.7 yards per carry and could come close to that versus Houston.

On offense, Jalon Daniels is becoming quite a handful for defenses to figure out. He passed for 219 last week and ran for 85 more yards. Simply, Kansas believes in its system and the results on offense have been profound.

The defense will be again challenged by Houston, who average 33.5 points per game and have shown some quick strike ability.

Houston Wants To Avoid Overtime

Head coach Dana Holgerson will look to avoid losing to Kansas on Saturday while dodging overtime. The late loss to Texas Tech indicated that their defense has a long way to go and could have further issues slowing down the Jayhawks on Saturday.

The Cougars must do a better job of running the ball. Houston averages a mere 3.1 yards per carry despite averaging 36 runs a contest. Brandon Campbell is their one running back who can take advantage of the few holes the line does open up.  Can they do that against a Kansas front seven that has a pretty good run defense? Houston might have to go the air route.

Can Clayton Tune and the offense move the ball through the air to set up the run better? Being at home helps, but the mistakes over the past two weeks have been eye-opening on both sides of the ball. The Jayhawks may have a tough time with WR Nathaniel Dell (12 catches, 170 yards, 2 TD). Again, the question with the Cougars will be that defense, which has given up 343.5 yards passing per game.

Houston’s projected NCAAF win total of 9.0 is looking very shaky. Given their schedule, the under may be worth a wager.

Kansas vs Houston Prediction

ESPN’s Power Football Index projects Kansas in the lower half of the Big 12, while Houston is still a contender in the AAC.

Both teams could score 30+ points once more this week.

Oddsmakers may be underestimating Kansas and the over again. Roll on with it!

Pick: Over 57.5 (-110)

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