Kansas spreads it out

O, BY THE WAY

The Kickoff

November 22, 2007|By BILL ORDINE

Who's better than the New England Patriots?

Kansas.

At least against the point spread. All season, we've marveled at the Patriots' demolishing the point spread week after week. The Pats are 9-1 against the line.

Well, sports gambling expert R.J. Bell pointed out to us that Kansas is 10-0 against the spread. In real life, Kansas is 11-0, but its early-season game against Southeastern Louisiana wasn't on the board. Kansas won, 62-0.

The Jayhawks, ranked No. 2, play No. 3 Missouri on Saturday with the obvious implication for a shot at the national championship game. I've seen Kansas listed as a 1 1/2 -2 1/2 -point favorite.

In running up its perfect mark against the spread, Kansas has been the favorite in every game except one and covered spreads of 19, 26, 27, 27 and 35 points.

Bell reported in an e-mail that since 1980, no team has gone undefeated for the season against the Vegas line.

bill.ordine@baltsun.com

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