By David Caraviello | | 28 mins
What Can Kansas Sports Bettors Wager On This Weekend?
Legal Kansas sports betting has arrived, and the state has already hit the jackpot.
That’s because Kansas has done what every state launching legal sports betting aims to do—get it kicked off by football season. Thursday’s launch of the top Kansas betting apps coincides with a packed sports weekend highlighted by the first full college football slate (unlike in other states, wagering on in-state college football games is perfectly legal in Kansas). And the mother lode of all sports betting markets, the NFL, is waiting just a few days away.
So well done, Kansas, which has succeeded in what so many other states have tried and failed to do. Gov. Laura Kelly signed the sports betting bill on May 12, the law went into effect July 1, and on Thursday, six sports betting apps—FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM Kansas, Caesars, Barstool and PointsBet—began accepting legal wagers, with as many as six more still to come.
Indeed, it’s a very big weekend in the Sunflower State. Here’s the rundown on everything sports bettors in Kansas can wager on this weekend.
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College Football Best Bets For Kansas Bettors
Kansas State -25 vs. South Dakota
When: Saturday, 6 p.m. CDT
Former Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez takes over behind center for the Wildcats, who were 7-5-1 against the spread last season. FCS South Dakota suffered a three-point loss at Kansas in last season’s opener. Hit 'Bet Now' below to access a special DraftKings Kansas offer for this game: Double Your Money If Kansas State Scores A Single Point Vs. South Dakota. The maximum bet is $50 and you'll get +100 odds.
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Kansas -27.5 vs. Tennessee Tech
When: Saturday, 7 p.m. CDT
The Jayhawks return 18 starters and add several transfers to a team that went 2-10 overall and 3-6 against the spread last season. The FCS Golden Eagles are coming off a 3-8 campaign that included a 56-0 loss to Tennessee, the lone FBS opponent on their schedule.
Pittsburgh -7.5 vs. West Virginia
When: Thursday, 6 p.m. CDT
Big 12 rivals West Virginia and new QB J.T. Daniels face Pitt and new QB Kedon Slovis in a revival of the Backyard Brawl. The Mountaineers are coming off a season that saw them finish 6-7 both overall and against the spread. Hit 'Bet Now' below to grab a special DraftKings Kansas offer for this game: Double Your Money If Either Pitt Or WVU Scores A Single Point In This Game.
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Missouri -20 vs. Louisiana Tech
When: Thursday, 7 p.m. CDT
Across the border, Mizzou looks to rebound from last season’s 6-7 mark against the Bulldogs and new QB Matthew Downing, a TCU transfer. The Tigers were 4-9 against the spread last season.
TCU -13.5 at Colorado
When: Friday, 9 p.m. CDT
In the opposite direction, the Buffs look to rebound from 2021’s 5-7 mark in a matchup against TCU and new coach Sonny Dykes. Colorado was 6-6 against the spread a season ago.
Georgia -17 vs. Oregon
When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CDT
The national champs are big favorites in Atlanta against Oregon, now coached by ex-Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning. Former Auburn QB Bo Nix should start for the Ducks, 5-9 against the spread last year.
Ohio State -17 vs. Notre Dame
When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. CDT
The weekend’s biggest game also has a big line, given all the firepower the Buckeyes have back from last year’s 11-2 team. But Ohio State was still only 6-6-1 against the spread a season ago.
LSU -3 vs. Florida State
When: Sunday, 6:30 p.m. CDT
Although new coach Brian Kelly isn’t naming a starting QB, Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels appears likely to take the reins under center for LSU. The Tigers were 5-7-1 against the spread last season.
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Clemson -21.5 at Georgia Tech
When: Monday, 7 p.m. CDT
Clemson has been an iffy proposition against big numbers. The Tigers were 0-6 last season against lines of 12 points or more, including a six-point win over the Jackets as 27.5-point favorites in Death Valley.
MLB Best Bets For Kansas Bettors
The Kansas City Royals finish a series at the Chicago White Sox at 1:10 p.m. CDT on Thursday, followed by a weekend series in Detroit with games scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CDT on Friday, 5:10 p.m. CDT on Saturday, and 12:40 p.m. CDT on Sunday.
Nationally, the Boston Red Sox open a four-game home series against the Texas Rangers at 6:40 p.m. CDT Thursday, while the New York Yankees are off Thursday before opening a weekend series at the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday at 6:10 p.m. CDT. Sunday’s primetime game sees the Los Angeles Dodgers host the San Diego Padres at 6 p.m. CDT.
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US Open Best Bets For Kansas Bettors
Thursday continues the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, with all eyes on Serena Williams (who has indicated she may retire after the event) and fan favorite Rafael Nadal in the men’s draw. Top seed Iga Switek is the +300 favorite in the women’s draw, while No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev is the +200 favorite on the men’s side. Action heats up with the Round of 16 slated for Sunday and Monday.
Williams entered the event at +2200 to win, while other Americans on the women’s side included +900 Cori Gauff, +1400 Jessica Pegula and +2200 Madison Keys. On the men’s side, an American hasn’t won since 2003, and top U.S. player Taylor Fritz was ousted by a qualifier in the first round. Entering Thursday, +10000 John Isner was the top American male remaining.
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NASCAR Best Bets For Kansas Bettors
Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin are the +600 odds co-favorites in the NASCAR Cook Out Southern 500 at venerable Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, which is set to take the green flag at 5 p.m. CDT Sunday. Hamlin owns four victories at the track, more than any other active driver, and has a series-best average finish there of 7.8.
Darlington also kicks off the 10-race NASCAR playoffs, with Chase Elliott topping the list of 16 remaining drivers eligible for the championship. In the 18-year history of NASCAR’s playoff, the opener has been won 11 times by a driver who’s gone on to finish in the top four in the final standings. So keep an eye on top title contenders like +700 Elliott and +900 Ross Chastain at Darlington.
LIV Golf Best Bets For Kansas Bettors
The PGA Tour may have wrapped up its season, but the LIV Golf tour continues with a tournament near Boston scheduled for Friday through Sunday. The event’s shotgun start is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. CDT each competition day. The tournament is expected to include LIV Golf’s newest player additions, among them Open Championship winner Cameron Smith.
Although odds on the Boston event were unavailable late in the week as the field was being set, former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson has been a contender in each of the first three LIV Golf tournaments, including a third-place finish last time out in Bedminster, N.J. Johnson also tied for sixth at the season’s final major at St. Andrews.
Premier League Best Bets For Kansas Bettors
The match week opens with a Thursday matinee that sees Manchester United (+110) travel to struggling Leicester City (+235) at 2 p.m. CDT. Saturday’s 9 a.m. CDT matchups include the Merseyside Derby, Liverpool (-265) at Everton (+650), as well as West Ham (+550) at Chelsea (-220), Leeds United (+220) at Brentford (+115) and Fulham (+650) at Tottenham Hotspur (-265).
Sunday’s action sees Leicester (+310) hosting Brighton (-115) at 8 a.m. CDT, and table-leading Arsenal (+175) traveling to Manchester United (+145) at 10:30 a.m. CDT, where the Gunners will look to remain the only outfit in the Premier League with a 100% record.
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NFL Best Bets For Kansas Bettors
Legal sports bettors will have to wait until next week to wager on the NFL, where the season’s first betting opportunity is the Sept. 8 kickoff between the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams at 7:20 p.m. CDT. The Bills are a 2.5-point road favorite over the reigning Super Bowl champions, and the total stands at 51.5.
The season gears up for real on Sept. 11, when Sunflower State bettors will have their first chance to wager on the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City is a 3.5-point road favorite at the Arizona Cardinals, in a game which kicks off at 3:25 p.m CDT. The total is 53.5. The primetime game that first NFL Sunday is Tampa Bay at Dallas, where Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are a 1.5-point road favorite and the total is 50. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. CDT.
The season’s first Monday night game on Sept. 12 features the Denver Broncos as a 6.5-point road favorite (noticing a trend here?) at Seattle in a 7:20 p.m. CDT game that will mark a return to the Northwest for new Denver QB Russell Wilson. That brings us back to the Chiefs, who host the Chargers in the Thursday night game on Sept. 15, which will also kick off at 7:20 p.m. CDT. Kansas City is a 3-point favorite, and the total is 52.5.
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