Dave's Free Pick ATS: Sept. 12 Kansas at UTEP

dave darbySenior Analyst ISeptember 10, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Todd Reesing #5of the Kansas Jayhawks runs to pass the ball during the game against the Missouri Tigers on November 29, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

No. 24 Kansas (1-0) at UTEP (0-1)

Line: Kansas -13

Kansas played someone named Northern Colorado last week and won as easily as you would imagine they would. The Kansas offense is a good one and is led by quarterback Todd Reesing who is expected to put up huge passing yards this year. However, it was the running game that was front and center in week one as Northern Colorado pulled back into a zone defense. Kansas responded with 47 rushes for 328 yards on the ground. Reesing put the ball up just 20 times, connecting on 13 for 208 yards. A small wrinkle in the KU offense was a short appearance of the "pistol" offense started at Nevada and finding its way around the country.

The weak point on the Jayhawk defense is in the secondary, but there were no issues against the Bears who failed to find the end-zone and passed for just 172 yards despite trailing the entire game.

UTEP fell at home to Buffalo 23-17 in Week One. The Miners led early but struggled with their usually potent passing game, gaining just 233 yards in the air and zero touchdowns. UTEP did enjoy some success on the ground led by Donald Buckram's 108 yards on 14 carries.  As a team, the Minors averaged 4.8 yards per rush against the Bulls. The UTEP defense gave up just 309 total yards on offense which is a good sign of improvement over last years squad. The Miners,however had little pass rush to speak of and did not come up with a turnover.

UTEP will rebound from their Week One struggles, but it won't be this week. It is hard to take much away from a game against Northern Colorado, but the presence of a strong running game does not bode well for KU opponents this season. KU will also regain the services of four players who were suspended last week which includes standout wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe. Kansas is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 road games and UTEP is 2-6 against the number in their last eight games at home.  It's all Rock Chawk Jayhawk in this one.

Dave's Pick: Kansas -13