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Kansas vs. West Virginia: Latest Spread Info, BCS Impact and Predictions

MORGANTOWN, WV - OCTOBER 20:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers hands the ball off against the Kansas State Wildcats during the game on October 20, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Mike HoagCorrespondent IINovember 29, 2012

The Kansas Jayhawks (1-10, 0-8) have struggled through much of their 2012 season, and it's not likely to get any easier as they square off with the West Virginia Mountaineers (6-5, 3-5) in Week 14.

Geno Smith and the explosive Mountaineers offense have struggled to put up enough points to mask the team's horrible defense. That shouldn't be an issue this week, as the Kansas Jayhawks aren't very good at anything. They're average to poor in most aspects of the game.

Smith and fellow blue-chip prospect Tavon Austin will likely make their statement games in a bowl appearance but could continue to help their draft status with huge games in their season finale against Kansas.

Take a look at some essentials before this weekend gets here.

 

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2:30 p.m. ET

Where: Mountaineer Field, Morgantown, WV

Watch: Fox Sports Net

Listen: Free Football Radio

 

Spread: West Virginia -20 (via Covers)

Despite hanging with Texas and Texas Tech, the Kansas Jayhawks are not a good football team. They're scoring just 19 points per game and giving up 34. That's by far the biggest scoring differential in the Big 12 conference.

The Mountaineers, on the other hand, are giving up 40.6 points and scoring 40 points per game. That seems about right for a team that has danced on the average line all season.

There's a chance that the Jayhawks play this game a lot closer than the odds predict. That's a slim chance, though, considering the potency of the Mountaineers offense. West Virginia is certainly capable of covering this spread, but it likely will not.

 

Over/Under: 71 (via Covers)

Both of these teams just simply don't play in low-scoring affairs very often. That will benefit the over this week because 71 points is a little low, for much could go up on the scoreboard between these two teams this week. 

If pressed hard enough, the Mountaineers could top 71 points all by themselves this week.

 

Kansas Injury Report via USA Today (as of 11/29/2012)

No new injuries to report.

 

West Virginia Injury Report via USA Today (as of 11/29/2012) 

LB Isaiah Bruce, Leg, Questionable

S Ishmael Banks, Leg, Doubtful

 

BCS Implications

There is no chance for either of these schools to get back into the BCS standings at this point in the season. Although, a win here and in a bowl game may end up propelling Baylor into the final Top 25 rankings.

 

Keys for Jayhawks Victory

Keeping track of Tavon Austin should be priority No. 1 for the Jayhawks. Every team needs to begin somewhere when approaching the dynamic Mountaineers offense. 

If they can somehow keep Austin bottled up, Smith has struggled to sustain drives without the big play at times this season.

 

Keys for Mountaineers Victory

Defense has to be the focus for the Mountaineers. Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and other should be able to hook up for some big plays against the bad Jayhawks defensive unit.

Charlie Weis' team loves to run the football. Taking that away early will discourage the head coach from continuing try it throughout the afternoon.

 

Prediction

Tavon Austin is just too fast. There isn't much anyone can do to stop him. That's especially true now that he's lining up in the backfield and can hurt the Jayhawks both on the ground and through the air. Look for a high-paced game in which both of these teams score plenty of points. 

The Jayhawks will score on the ground, and the Mountaineers will be guided by five touchdown passes from Geno Smith.

Predicted Score: West Virginia 49, Kansas 27

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