Bettors put the most-minus wins for the Kansas football team at 2.5 at the start of the 2022 season.
Translated… those who bet on need the Jayhawks to win three games to collect on their favorite bookmaker. Those who bet the least will win if the Jayhawks claim, two, one or zero wins.
Which wallets will be bigger at the end of the season? Those who bet the most, we think.
The Jayhawks, who made 14 transfers from the NCAA portal to join quarterbacks like Jalon Daniels and Jason Bean, running backs Devin Neal and Daniel Hishaw, offensive tackle Earl Bostick Jr., corner Kenny Logan Jr. and player defensive lineman Malcolm Lee figures to post three wins in Lance Leipold’s second season at Lawrence. Even four wins seems possible, but we won’t go that far in this space. KU last won four games in 2009, Mark Mangino’s final season at Lawrence.
KU, which went 2-10 in Lance Leipold’s first season, have won three games only twice in the past seven seasons with an 11-70 overall mark in that span.
2022 CALENDAR AND MATCH BY MATCH PREDICTIONS
Friday vs. Tennessee Tech (7 p.m., ESPN+): The Jayhawks are expected to claim victory over the Golden Eagles, who are chosen to finish fifth of seven teams in the Ohio Valley Conference after going 3-8 a year ago. In its final game against a Power Five program, Tennessee Tech fell to SEC Tennessee School, 56-0. KU needs a lopsided win to give the Jayhawks much-needed momentum ahead of road games against West Virginia and Houston. KU 44-17
Sept. 10 at West Virginia (5 p.m., ESPN+): The Mountaineers, who open with Pitt on the road, were chosen to finish eighth in the Big 12, two spots ahead of KU. Suffice it to say, a Jayhawks win isn’t out of the question. West Virginia 35-28
September 17 at Houston (3 p.m., ESPNU): The Cougars, who were chosen to finish first in the American Athletic Conference’s preseason poll, will be happy to play at home after opening at UTSA and Texas Tech. Houston will want to do well against a team from the Big 12, a league the Cougars will enter in 2023. Houston 51-37
Sept. 24 vs. Duke: The Jayhawks return home for the first time in three weeks to face a Blue Devils team chosen to finish last in the ACC Coastal Division. A .500 record in four games would be a good start for the Jayhawks heading into a home game against Iowa State. KU 42-23.
October 1 vs. Iowa State: The Cyclones have put together five consecutive winning seasons and are 2-3 in bowl games during that span. ISU’s first four games are against Southeast Missouri, Iowa, Ohio and Baylor. One would imagine that the ISU game comes at a good time in KU’s schedule. The Cyclones could take the field at Booth Memorial Stadium with too much confidence if they beat BU the previous week at Ames. The Cyclones could be deflated if they lose to both Iowa and Baylor and go to Lawrence after two losses early in the season. ISU was chosen to finish sixth in the Big 12 preseason poll, but received a vote for first place. Iowa State 31-20
October 8 vs. TCU KU’s schedule hardens noticeably after this contest. TCU was picked to finish seventh in the Big 12. The Jayhawks played hard on the Horned Frogs last year in Fort Worth and have a good shot at a Big 12 victory in this game. Sonny Dykes, who made stops at SMU, Cal and Louisiana Tech, is a freshman coach at TCU. KU 30-20
October 15 in Oklahoma: The Sooners remember last year’s scare in Lawrence, in which KU fell, 35-23. The Jayhawks led 10-0 at halftime and 17-7 in the third quarter. Oklahoma 47-10
October 22 at Baylor: The Bears were picked to win the league and won’t look past KU in this one. Baylor 51–13
Nov. 5 vs. Oklahoma State: After a bye week, the Jayhawks could possibly be rejuvenated and earn the surprise victory of their season. Then again, OSU has been a powerhouse lately. Oklahoma State 38-21
November 12 at Texas Tech: Coach Joey McGuire’s Red Raiders first team was chosen to finish ninth in the league’s pre-season poll. It’s another game KU could possibly win and take their win total to four this season. Texas Tech 47-39
November 19 vs. Texas: The Longhorns will have revenge on their minds after falling to KU last season in Austin. Texas 33-24
Nov. 26 at Kansas State: Snowy and freezing weather could play a role in the regular season finale for both teams. A KU win would do wonders for Leipold’s program. However, K-State has won 13 straight in the series. Kansas State 42-27
Final record: 3-9 (1-8 Big 12)