Texas football vs. Kansas: Prediction and odds Week 12

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Next up for Texas football as it looks to right the ship after a sluggish loss to the No. 4 ranked TCU Horned Frogs is a battle on the road in Lawrence against the Kansas Jayhawks. Texas will get to face Kansas on the road in Lawrence for the first time since the 2018 season.

The last time that the Longhorns and Jayhawks were supposed to meet up on the gridiron was during the 2020 season. But that game would wind up getting canceled due to COVID-19 issues.

That leaves Texas looking for its first win over the Jayhawks since 2019.

Moreover, Texas will also be looking to prevent a two-game losing streak from happening this weekend.

Coming into this matchup, Texas has a record of 6-4 (4-3 Big 12) following a 17-10 loss to TCU at home on Nov. 12. Texas has lost two of its last three games heading into Week 12. The offense has also largely fallen flat in the last couple of weeks. Head coach Steve Sarkisian saw his offense muster just six points in the last six quarters of football, dating back to the win over the Kansas State Wildcats on Nov. 5.

Meanwhile, Kansas carries a record of 6-4 (3-4 Big 12) following a convincing 43-28 loss on the road on Nov. 12 at the hands of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Kansas has lost four of its last five games heading into this matchup against Texas.

Here’s a look at the betting odds and game prediction as Texas gets set to hit the road to travel to Lawrence for a key Big 12 battle against Kansas at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Nov. 19, with the kickoff time set for 2:30 p.m. CT.

Texas football vs. Kansas: Odds for Week 12

Texas remains a 9.5-point favorite over Kansas, and the over/under is set at 63.5. That is the same spread that we saw Texas open up with for the Kansas game, which set it as a 9.5-point favorite after the conclusion of Week 11.

Texas is also favored in the moneyline (-345) over Kansas (+270).

According to the ESPN Football Power Index, Texas has a 77.0 percent chance of beating Kansas.

Texas vs. Kansas prediction

Just when it looked as if Texas had a shot to get firmly on the right track in the Big 12 following the big road win over Kansas State on Nov. 5, the team fell flat on its face the next weekend. Texas’ offense flatlined, putting up just three points against the Horned Frogs on Nov. 12.

Texas must now right the ship, while potentially coming up with its second win in a row on the road against a Big 12 foe. If Texas can get two road wins in a row over formidable Big 12 opponents, that in and of itself would be a pretty big win for Sark.

There is a lot riding on the health of multiple key figures in the Kansas quarterback room for this game. Both of Kansas’ top two quarterbacks, Jalon Daniels and Jason Bean, will be looking to make their way back from various injuries this weekend against Texas.

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As long as Texas is able to get a pulse on offense while being able to retain some of what the defense showed us last week, this is a very winnable game for Sark’s squad on the road. This game feels one step shy of a must-win for the Longhorns this weekend.

Final score prediction: Texas-28, Kansas-24