Will any surprises occur in week two of the CFB betting season, now that the Jayhawks have had a chance to see how their talent looks on the field, or will there be no surprises?
The Tigers just crushed the lower-division Missouri State Bears, 63-7. Memphis’ offense roared in that game, which meant that the Tigers picked up where they left off last season. Memphis outlasted BYU in a very high-scoring Miami Beach Bowl game last December, one in which over 100 total points were scored. Memphis can move the ball very easily because of its increased speed on the perimeter and its balance between the run and the pass. Memphis expects to be able to do the same things on offense this season, hitting opponents left and right with an offense which doesn’t allow defenses to take much of a breather. Head coach Justin Fuente has clearly remade the Memphis program into a factor. As long as he’s there, you can expect the Tigers to score a lot of points.
Kansas had hoped to be able to get one of the few wins it is expected to gobble up this season in its opener versus South Dakota State of the FCS last Saturday. Kansas fell behind by a 31-7 score and then rallied to make the score 31-28, but the Jayhawks still fell short, 41-38, because they botched a snap and lost the ball before they could attempt a game-tying field goal in the final moments. The loss was a damaging one this season for a team which has very little depth and very little to offer on defense. Kansas has to recruit depth into its program, meaning that the Jayhawks are not built for 2015. They need to be built up over time, requiring multiple years to become a better team.
There’s a little bit of fluctuation here, with one line putting Memphis as a 14-point favorite and a few others installing the Tigers as 13-point choices. However, most lines have it in the middle, with Memphis being a 13.5-point college football odds favorite against Kansas. Why the volatility? Perhaps some bettors are thinking twice about Kansas being awful. The team did get crushed in the early stages by South Dakota State, but maybe that late rally and the anger of knowing it messed up will make the Jayhawks more determined and focused in this game. Yet, it’s hard to see how that will matter.
Memphis does not have any injuries right now.
Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings is out for the season with a knee injury.
Handicapping The Game
Kansas is an absolutely terrible team. The Jayhawks are going to slog their way through a miserable season, and Memphis is a quality team, one which can very thoroughly expose all of Kansas’ flaws. Memphis will easily cover.
College Football Pick: Memphis -13.5 at Bookmaker.