After lackluster season-opening games followed by strong bounce-back contests, Kansas and Southern Miss are each looking to string together a win streak as the two meet at M.M. Roberts Stadium on Friday night. Kansas lost 6-3 in its opener against North Dakota State, but recovered last week and upset then-No. 15 Georgia Tech 28-25. Southern Miss was crushed by South Carolina 41-13 to start the season then took out its frustrations on FCS school Prairie View A&M in a 34-7 thrashing last week. Basketball Odds
The big injury news in this game is that Kansas starting RB Angus Quigley is questionable with a leg injury. If he is unable to go, talented freshman James Sims will likely pick up the slack. Sims rushed 17 times for 101 yards and a touchdown against Georgia Tech. Speaking of freshmen, fellow frosh QB Jordan Webb has also played well since replacing Kale Pick during the loss to North Dakota State. Webb was 18-for-29 with 179 yards, three TD and one INT in last week’s win.
The story with Southern Miss is the mindset of its star receiver DeAndre Brown. Head coach Larry Fedora publicly criticized Brown’s performance against South Carolina (4-65-1, but his 29-yard TD came with 1:33 left in the game with his team down 41-6). Brown responded with a five-catch, 100-yard, one-TD performance against Prairie View and said he is now playing “with a chip on his shoulder.” He will need to be focused and on the same page as QB Austin Davis for Southern Miss to pull out a win Friday.Southern Miss racked up 464 yards, while allowing just 211 yards in its last game. Although this performance should be a positive factor heading into the week, FoxSheets points out the historical trend that actually favors Kansas:
SOUTHERN MISS is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in home games after outgaining opp by 225 or more total yards in their previous game since 1992. The average score was SOUTHERN MISS 25.5, OPPONENT 22.0 – (Rating = 1*). Baseball Odds
FoxSheets also likes the Over on Friday:
KANSAS is 8-0 OVER (+8.0 Units) after 1 or more consecutive wins against the spread over the last 3 seasons. The average score was KANSAS 35.0, OPPONENT 33.6 – (Rating = 3*). Sports Scores
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