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Texas vs. Kansas odds: Longhorns are 3 TD road favorites

With a defense that has massively under performed expectations, Texas has struggled to put away teams this season. However, despite the schematic edge provided by new head coach Charlie Weis, the Kansas offense has been the perfect antidote for sickly defenses in 2012.

On Saturday, the movable force meets the resistible object in Lawrence, as the Longhorns try to get back over .500 in conference play. The odds makers, at least, haven't lost all confidence in Manny Diaz and Co., as Texas is a -23 point favorite over the Jayhawks.

Weis, in his defense, was handed by an absolute mess by the previous coaching staff, but he hasn't been able to do anything to fix it in 2012. Kansas is 1-6, with their only win coming in a home game against an FCS opponent (South Dakota State) in Week 1.

And while they've been mollywhomped on the road in Big 12 play, they have been able to keep games competitive at home: losing 20-6 to TCU and 20-14 to Oklahoma State.

Saturday's game, one of only two home games left in their season, could be the best chance for Weis to pull off an upset and generate some optimism around his program headed into Year 2.

However, even more than the spread, the over/under of only 59.5 reveals how unlikely Vegas thinks that will be. For some perspective, the Longhorns defense has given up an average of 49.25 points in four conference games this year.

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