One of the biggest home Big 12 games of the season for No. 3 ranked Texas football is on Sep. 30 against head coach Lance Leipold and the undefeated Kansas Jayhawks. This isn’t the Kansas team of yesteryear that Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian host at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium next weekend.
The Longhorns and Jayhawks come into this final matchup as Big 12 foes with a combined record of 8-0 (2-0 Big 12). Texas is coming off a convincing 38-6 win on the road at McLane Stadium in Waco in primetime on Sep. 23 over head coach Dave Aranda and the Baylor Bears. Sark’s squad controlled that game from beginning to end against Baylor this weekend.
Kansas has looked impressive throughout non-conference play and in its Big 12 opener against the BYU Cougars at home on Sep. 23. Leipold and the Jayhawks topped a previously undefeated BYU team 38-27 in Lawrence to open its Big 12 slate.
To add even more stakes to this matchup between these two teams on Sep. 30, this will be the first time that Texas and Kansas are both ranked in the 22 times in the series history when next weekend arrives.
Here’s a look at the opening betting odds as No. 3 Texas hosts No. 24 Kansas at DKR in Austin on Sep. 30, with the kickoff time set for 2:30 p.m. CT.
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Texas opens as a 16.5-point favorite over Kansas in Week 5 (per Caesars Sportsbook). The over/under opens up at 61.5 points.
According to the ESPN matchup predictor, Texas has a 93.6 percent chance of beating Kansas.
Texas is 2-2-0 against the spread this season and 0-2-0 at home. The Longhorns easily covered the 17.5-point pre-game spread in the Week 4 win on the road over Baylor.
Kansas is also 2-2-0 against the spread this season and 0-1-0 on the road. The Jayhawks narrowly covered the 11.0-point pre-game spread in its Week 4 win at home over BYU.