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Kansas gets trucked by winless Baylor in its own house

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Vegas knows, y’all.  Vegas knows.  As does pretty much anyone who follows football come to think of it.

Despite entering their Week 10 game against Kansas in Lawrence winless, 0-8 Baylor was installed as a 7.5-point road favorite against KU by Bovada.lv.  It reportedly marked the first time in at least 16 years that a team that was 0-8 or worse was listed as a favorite on the road.

As it turns out, the oddsmakers may have given the Jayhawks too much credit as the Bears went into Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon and woodshedded their hosts in a 38-9 win.  The Jayhawks were held without a touchdown for the third straight game; in fact, KU hasn’t found the end zone in 14 quarters, with the last coming in the second quarter of a 65-19 loss to Texas Tech Oct. 7.

In his first career start, BU quarterback Charlie Brewer passed for 315 yards and three touchdowns.  The Bears limited the Jayhawks’ running game to just 3.8 yards per carry while also forcing a pair of turnovers.

KU has now lost eight games in a row and 60 of their last 72 dating back to the last month of the 2010 season.  Taking away games against Group of Five and FCS programs, and the Jayhawks have won just two games against Power Five teams in what amounts to seven full seasons.

And, as bad as the previous regimes have been, the current one has been the worst of the bunch.

With three games left in this season, KU is 3-30 in David Beaty‘s two-plus years. Turner Gill won five games in his two seasons after replacing Mark Mangino in 2010, while Gill’s replacement, Charlie Weis, won six games in his three seasons before he was replaced by Beaty in 2015.

This was likely KU’s last chance to win a game this season as they close against Texas in Austin, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in Stillwater, although the Longhorns did serve as the Jayhawks’ last FBS win in Charlie Strong‘s final season.  And, once this season is (again) mercifully put to bed, KU officials will need to have a serious heart-to-heart talk with itself as to whether Beaty is the man to lead the basketball school out of the football desert.

Kansas more than a touchdown home underdog to 0-8 Baylor

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Just when you thought Kansas had hit rock bottom as a football program, the faded crimson and blue backhoe fires up after cranking the key a few times, spews oil as it lumbers its way into position, lowers a bucket bleeding hydraulic fluid into the abyss and digs the hole a little deeper.

The latest example of the in-the-wrong-direction excavation? Kansas will host winless Baylor Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, seemingly the perfect opportunity for the Jayhawks to pick up their second win of the season and first over an FBS opponent in nearly a year. The oddsmakers, Bovada.lv in this case, definitely don’t see it that way.

Yep, KU is more than a touchdown underdog at home against a team that is 0-8 on the season, something that apparently hasn’t happened in more than a decade and a half. The thinking behind the line, though, makes complete, total and utter sense.

While the Bears are winless, four of their losses have come by a combined 20 points, including eight points to then-No. 3 Oklahoma and two to then-No. 23 West Virginia. The Jayhawks, meanwhile, have lost seven in a row after beating Southeast Missouri State in the opener, with all of those losses coming by 10 or more points. During a three-game stretch in October, they were outscored a combined 153-19 in losses to Texas Tech, Iowa State and TCU.

This will likely be KU’s last chance to win a game this season as they close against Texas in Austin, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in Stillwater, although the Longhorns did serve as the Jayhawks’ last FBS win in Charlie Strong‘s final season.

With four games left in this season, KU is 3-29 in David Beaty‘s two-plus years. Turner Gill won five games in his two seasons after replacing Mark Mangino in 2010, while Charlie Weis won six games in his three seasons before he was replaced by Beaty in 2015.

In the last three seasons under Mangino, the Jayhawks won 25 games. In the nearly nine seasons since, they’ve won a combined 15.

Texas to be without RB Toneil Carter (concussion) for TCU game

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If Texas is going to upset a ranked opponent on the road, they’ll have to do so without a young but burgeoning piece of their running game.

In UT’s Week 9 win over winless Baylor last weekend, Toneil Carter was knocked out with a head injury. Later diagnosed with a concussion, the freshman running back was extremely limited in practice this past week.

Thursday, it was confirmed by head coach Tom Herman that, because of the lingering effects of the concussion, Carter will not play in this Saturday’s game against No. 8 TCU in Fort Worth.

Carter is currently third on the Longhorns and second amongst running backs with 181 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns. In the very game in which he was concussed, Carter set career-highs in carries (15) and rushing yards (70).

A four-star 2017 signee, Carter was rated as the No. 10 back in the country on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.

Concussion effects force Baylor QB Anu Solomon to withdraw from school

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It’s been a rough last couple of months for Anu Solomon.

After starting the first two games of the 2017 season at quarterback for Baylor, Solomon was benched by head coach Matt Rhule in favor of sophomore Zach Smith.  Around the same time, the graduate transfer was placed in concussion protocol; Tuesday, the lingering effects of that head injury have prompted Solomon to withdraw from school.

The Dallas Morning News writes that “Rhule said in his weekly press conference that Solomon had been struggling in class because of the concussions and will withdraw from the graduate school to avoid failing classes.”

In his two starts for the still-winless Bears, Solomon completed 25 of his 55 passes for 39 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.  He also ran for 97 yards in the season-opening loss to Liberty.

Solomon began his collegiate playing career at Arizona, starting 27 games during his time with the Wildcats.  In December of last year, Solomon announced his decision to transfer from Arizona; a month later, he landed in Waco.

Texas confirms QB Sam Ehlinger, center Zach Shackelford not cleared to play in Baylor game

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Texas’ starting quarterback and center will be watching from Austin when their team plays at Baylor on Saturday as neither were cleared to participate in the contest as they continue to go through concussion protocols.

A school statement confirmed the news Friday afternoon that Longhorn signal-caller Sam Ehlinger and sophomore Zach Shackelford both are out of the lineup and did not even travel with the team to Waco.

Head coach Tom Herman already confirmed that Shane Buechele would start under center but there had been some holding out hope that Ehlinger would be cleared in order to back him up in case of an emergency. Buechele injured his ankle against Iowa State, originally knocking him out the lineup, and will be limited in terms of moving around in the pocket as a result. Junior QB-turned-receiver Jerrod Heard is set to be the backup against the Bears at his old position.

Perhaps just as big of a loss for the Horns is that of Shackelford, who was a big force on the interior of the line. With him out, junior Terrell Cuney is set to start at center.

Baylor is 0-7 on the season and a nine-point underdog on Saturday but the issues on the Texas offense could certainly make things a lot more interesting in Waco between the two in-state rivals this week.