Will Jayhawks Continue Upward Trend in Year 3 of Leipold Era?

Will Jayhawks Continue Upward Trend in Year 3 of Leipold Era?
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It was a revelatory fall for fans of the Kansas Jayhawks last year — and those involved in Kansas sports betting — after the football team went 6-7 and made a bowl game for the first time in 14 years.

Now, coach Lance Leipold is tasked with building off what went right during the team’s five-game winning streak to open the year, minus the wrongs that doomed the Jayhawks down the stretch.

With junior quarterback Jalon Daniels back in full health and the return of 1,000-yard rusher Devin Neal in the backfield, Kansas’ offense shouldn’t miss a beat this fall.

The season begins Sept. 1, when KU hosts Missouri State at 7 p.m., before playing Illinois in Lawrence on Sept. 8 and Nevada on the road on Sept. 16.

To get a sense of where Leipold and the Jayhawks may go this fall, BetKansas compiled odds on the Jayhawks’ 2023 regular season record.

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Kansas Regular Season Record Odds

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KU Faces Wide Variety of Win Total Odds

It seems like the sky (or the ceiling) could be the limit for the Jayhawks this fall, with seven home games and five road contests on the schedule.

Between KU’s home clashes against Missouri State and Illinois during the non-conference schedule and Big 12 showdowns in Lawrence against BYU (Sept. 23), UCF (Oct. 7), Oklahoma (Oct. 28), Texas Tech (Nov. 11) and Kansas State (No. 18) — there’s no shortage of upset potential.

The biggest demerit against the Jayhawks this year is their road schedule, which includes dates against Nevada on Sept. 16, Texas on Sept. 30, Oklahoma State on Oct. 14, Iowa State on Nov. 4 and Cincinnati to close out the regular season Nov. 25.

Given the schedule, we give the Jayhawks the best odds of going 5-7 (+270), 6-6 (+300) or 4-8 (+420).

Oddsmakers at Caesars Sportsbook Kansas list the Jayhawks’ preseason win total over/under at 6.5, with the over listed at -120 and the under at -110.

As for KU’s Big 12 futures, BetMGM Sportsbook Kansas lists the Jayhawks at +1200 to win the conference, ranking in a tie with Oklahoma State for eighth.

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetKansas.com specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years.

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