Kansas vs. UNLV Guaranteed Rate Bowl Prediction: Picks & Start Time – December 26, 2023

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The Guaranteed Rate Bowl will feature a matchup between the Kansas Jayhawks and the UNLV Rebels.

Kansas vs. UNLV Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 7.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Kansas as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Kansas has -292 odds to pick up the win, while UNLV is listed at +222 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 65 points.

Game Info

How to Watch Kansas vs. UNLV Live?

  • Game Day: Tuesday, December 26, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Stadium: Chase Field

Betting Preview

Kansas

Kansas is compiling 435.3 yards per game on offense (28th in the FBS), and ranks 65th on defense, yielding 379.3 yards allowed per game. Kansas ranks 27th in scoring offense (33.6 points per game) and 62nd in scoring defense (25.8 points allowed per game) this season. Kansas ranks 68th in pass offense (222.7 passing yards per game) and 41st in pass defense (210.5 passing yards allowed per game) this year. On offense, Kansas has been a top-25 unit in terms of rushing yards, ranking ninth-best in the FBS by putting up 212.6 per game. The Jayhawks rank 97th on defense (168.8 rushing yards allowed per game). On the offensive side of the ball, Kansas has been a top-25 unit in terms of third-down efficiency, ranking 10th-best in the FBS by putting up a 48.1% third-down conversion rate. The defense ranks 103rd on defense (42.3% third-down percentage allowed). With 13 forced turnovers (64th in the FBS) against 12 turnovers committed (45th in the FBS), Kansas (+1) owns the 55th-ranked turnover margin in college football.

UNLV

UNLV ranks 46th with 416.2 total yards per game on offense, and it ranks 98th with 404.1 total yards given up per contest on the defensive side of the ball. UNLV’s offense has been dominant, posting 34.3 points per game (21st-best) this season. On defense, it ranks 72nd by allowing 27.0 points per game. From an offensive angle, UNLV is accumulating 235.1 passing yards per game (55th-ranked). It ranks 91st in the FBS on defense (238.7 passing yards allowed per game). In terms of rushing, UNLV ranks 37th in the FBS on offense (181.1 rushing yards per game) and 90th defensively (165.4 rushing yards allowed per game). UNLV’s third-down offense has been consistently moving the chains, posting a 50.0% third-down conversion rate (fourth-best) this season. Defensively, it ranks 40th by surrendering a 35.8% third-down rate. UNLV owns a top-25 turnover margin this season, ranking 13th-best at +7.

Kansas vs. UNLV Betting Analysis

Kansas Betting Insights

Kansas is 7-5-0 against the spread this season. In games it has played as 7.5-point favorites or more, Kansas has an ATS record of 2-2. This season, six Kansas games have gone over the point total. The Jayhawks have gone 5-2 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 71.4% of those games). The Jayhawks have played in three games as a moneyline favorite with odds of -292 or shorter and won each time.

UNLV Betting Insights

UNLV has covered the spread in a game 10 times this year (10-3-0). In games it has played as 7.5-point underdogs or more, UNLV has a perfect ATS record of 2-0. This year, eight UNLV games have gone over the point total. The Rebels have been underdogs in five games this season and won three (60%) of those contests. This season, the Rebels have been at least a +222 underdog on the moneyline two times, losing each of those contests.

Kansas vs. UNLV Against The Spread & Betting Records

Kansas

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 59.2 60.9 56.8
Implied Total AVG 34.8 35.3 34.0
ATS Record 7-5-0 5-2-0 2-3-0
Over/Under Record 6-5-1 4-2-1 2-3-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 5-2 3-1 2-1
Moneyline Underdog Record 3-2 2-1 1-1

UNLV

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 56.2 58.5 53.4
Implied Total AVG 32.8 32.7 32.8
ATS Record 10-3-0 4-3-0 6-0-0
Over/Under Record 8-5-0 4-3-0 4-2-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 6-1 4-1 2-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 3-2 1-1 2-1

Players to Watch

Kansas

  • In 12 games for the Jayhawks, Devin Neal has scampered for 1,209 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 6.6 yards per carry.
  • In addition to the numbers he’s produced in the running game, Neal has 24 grabs (on zero targets) for 214 yards and one touchdown.
  • Jason Bean has played nine games in 2023, and he’s accumulated 1,681 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 61.4% completion percentage.
  • As a runner, Bean has scampered for 261 yards (6.4 YPC) and three touchdowns.
  • Daniel Hishaw Jr. has scampered for 599 rushing yards (49.9 yards per game) and eight touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards per carry in 12 games for the Jayhawks.
  • Lawrence Arnold has gotten zero targets in 2023 and has converted them into 38 catches (3.2 per game) for 650 yards and three TDs in 12 games.
  • Kenny Logan Jr. has helped spur the Jayhawks’ defense with 78 tackles, three TFL, and one interception in 12 games.
  • Ra’Mello Dotson has suited up for 11 games, totaling four interceptions to go along with 39 tackles, two TFL, one sack, and four passes defended for the Jayhawks.
  • Austin Booker has suited up for nine games, collecting 46 tackles, five TFL, and seven sacks for the Jayhawks.
  • With two sacks to go along with one TFL and 50 tackles, Rich Miller has helped propel the Jayhawks’ defense over 11 games.

UNLV

  • Jayden Maiava has 14 touchdown passes and eight interceptions in 13 games, completing 63.0% of his throws for 2,792 yards (214.8 per game).
  • In addition, Maiava has run for 261 yards and three TDs.
  • In the passing game, Ricky White has scored seven TDs, hauling in 82 balls for 1,384 yards (106.5 per game).
  • On the ground, Jai’Den Thomas has scored 12 touchdowns and accumulated 503 yards (38.7 per game).
  • Vincent Davis has run for 722 yards (55.5 per game) and six touchdowns in 13 games.
  • In the passing game, Davis has scored one touchdown, with 10 receptions for 99 yards.
  • In 13 games for the Rebels, Jackson Woodard has posted two sacks to go with 104 tackles and one interception.
  • Cameron Oliver has recorded 47 tackles, three TFL, two sacks, and three interceptions in 13 games for the Rebels.
  • Marsel McDuffie has delivered one sack to go with two TFL and 69 tackles in 11 games for the Rebels.
  • With four interceptions to go with 53 tackles and four passes defended in 13 games, Jaxen Turner has been doing his part on defense for the Rebels.

Kansas vs. UNLV Predictions and Pick

Kansas vs. UNLV betting card

  • Pick ATS:

    Kansas (-7.5)

  • Pick OU: Under (65)

How to Bet on Kansas vs. UNLV

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Our prediction to win this game is Kansas, and we project that Kansas will cover the spread (Kansas -7.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 65 points.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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