Kentucky Wildcats 2019 College Football Season Betting Guide

The Kentucky Wildcats have made slow, but incremental progress under head coach Mark Stoops during his five-year run at the SEC program. Now, after reaching the double-digit win mark for the first time since 1977, all eyes will be on the ‘Cats when they take to the gridiron for the quickly-approaching 2019 regular season.

Whether you plan on betting or or against Kentucky more often than not this coming season, there are a bunch of things you need to know about the SEC championship longshots before you lay down your hard-earned betting bucks on or against Kentucky. Thanks to my expert 2019 college football betting guide on the Wildcats, you’re going to be well-armed with the expert insight you’ll need in order to maximize your chances of cashing in on the once perennial losers this coming season. Let’s get started.

Kentucky Wildcats 2019 College Football Season Betting Guide

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  • 2020 National Championship Odds: +20000
  • 2019 Win Total Odds:

Betting Statistics

  • ATS: 10-3 (W-L) / 6-7-0 (ATS) / 2-5-0 (Home) / 4-2-0 (Away) / 3-7-0 (Grass) /  3-0-0 (Turf)
  • O/U: 6-7-0 (W-L) / 4-3-0 (Home) / 2-4-0 (Away) / 4-6-0 (Grass) / 2-1-0 (Turf) / 43.5 (Total)

While the Wildcats went a stellar 10-3 last season, they also struggled to cover the chalk in going 6-7 ATS including a dismal 2-5 ATS at home. Kentucky also posted an identical 6-7 mark against their Over/Under total odds while playing under the total four times on the road.

Team Leaders

  • Touchdowns: Benny Snell Jr. (16)
  • Rushing: Benny Snell Jr. (1449)
  • Passing: Terry Wilson (1889)
  • Receiving: Lynn Bowden Jr. (745)
  • Interceptions: Darius West (3)

All-time program rushing leader Benny Snell Jr. scored a team-high 16 touchdowns while putting up 1,449 yards on the ground. Quarterback Terry Wilson passed for a modest 1,889 yards while finishing a discouraging 14th in the SEC in passing yards per game. Now, junior wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. caught 67 passes for a team-high 745 yards while senior Darius West recorded a team-high three interceptions. Snell Jr.  and West are both gone, but Wilson and Bowden jr. return in 2019.

Offense

  • Total Yards: 361.5 / Rank 103
  • Passing Yards: 161.5 / Rank 117
  • Rushing Yards: 200.1 /Rank 39
  • Points Scored: 26.6 / Rank 85
  • Field Goal %: 60 / Rank 118

Kentucky might have had a seriously surprising year in 2018, but it wasn’t because they dominated on offense. The Wildcats closed out the 2018 campaign ranked 103rd overall, 117th in passing, 39th in rushing and an uninspiring 85th in scoring (26.6 ppg).

Defense

  • Total Yards: 332.8 / Rank 21
  • Passing Yards: 186.3 / Rank 18
  • Rushing Yards: 146.5 /Rank 45
  • Points Allowed: 16.8 / Rank 6
  • Field Goal %: 61.1 / Rank 26

If you didn’t know, Kentucky was absolutely phenomenal on defense a year ago. The Wildcats finished the 2018 campaign ranked an eye-opening 21st in total defense, an even more impressive 18th against the pass, 45th against the run and a stellar sixth in points allowed (16.8 ppg).

Outlook

I know Kentucky had a phenomenal season a year ago, but heading into 2019, Mark Stoops has question marks on both sides of the ball. On offense, he needs to find five new starters including All-American offensive lineman Bunchy Stallings and two other starters on the offensive line. On defense, where the Cats succeeded in a big way, Kentucky must also overcome the loss of National Defensive Player of the Year Josh Allen and a whopping six other starters.

While I can definitely see Kentucky taking s slight step backwards this coming season in the win department, Kentucky has managed to win at least seven games in each of the last three seasons and Stoops has some impressive incoming talent to rebuild with in 2019 starting with former U.S. Army All-American recruits Kash Daniel (linebacker), Landon Young (tackle) and Drake Jackson (center). I’m thinking the Cats will record seven wins or eight at most in 2019 and you should too.

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  • When: August 24 – September 2

Saturday, August 24

Florida vs Miami FL

Former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz takes over the Miami-FL program as head coach. In Week 1, Diaz has his work cut out for him. The Florida Gators are stacked. Expect the odds to rise in this one with the Gators offering -8 ½ if not -9.

Thursday, August 29

UCLA vs Cincinnati

How much has Chip Kelly’s UCLA squad improved? Cincinnati beat the Bruins 26-17 last year. UCLA will be looking for revenge. The spread should remain tight with it possibly falling to -2 ½, or even -2.

Georgia Tech vs Clemson

Clemson is the defending National Champions. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence could dominate the Yellow Jackets. The Tigers only beat Georgia Tech 49-21 last year. The spread is fair although G-Tech averaged 325 rushing yards, which means they could hang in this.

Utah vs BYU

  • 2019 College Football Week 1 Odds: Utah -6

Utah could make a statemen in this battle. The Utes return players on both offense and defense. In fact, they had only 9 senior starters last season. 2 of the 9 were kickers. The Utes are loaded.

Friday, August 30

Wisconsin vs South Florida

Badgers-Bulls might be the most interesting matchup in College Football Week 1. Wisconsin had a down year considering many projected them to go undefeated. The Badgers could continue because coach Paul Chryst must replace the entire offensive line.

Charlie Strong coached South Florida to a fantastic 7-0 start. The Bulls lost their last 6 games. Strong’s team should be better on defense in 2019 than they were in 2018 when they allowed 32 points per game.

Oklahoma State vs Oregon State

Oregon State should be one of the worst teams in the Big 5 Conferences again. The Beavers aren’t very good. Why does this game show up on the list? Oklahoma State has a chance to win the Big 12. Redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders should light up the conference behind an offensive line that returns 3 starters: Marcus Keyes, Johnny Wilson, and Teven Jenkins.

Saturday, August 31

Florida Atlantic vs Ohio State

Urban Meyer retired, but he didn’t leave the Ohio State Buckeyes in the lurch. Ohio State has talent everywhere, including at quarterback where Georgia transfer Justin Fields replaces NFL first round pick Dwayne Haskins. But, the talent must come together and we can legitimately question Ohio State’s offensive line.

FAU coach Lane Kiffin landed former Florida State starter Deondre Francois to play quarterback. Kiffin remains a brilliant offensive strategist. It will be interesting to see how well Francois plays against the Buckeyes’ defense.

Duke vs Alabama

Duke will lose this game, especially after quarterback Daniel Jones went to the NFL. The real reason to keep this game on your radar is because of the points, Alabama doesn’t always cover gigantic spreads, and to see how well Bama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa plays.

Tagovailoa is the co-Heisman Trophy favorite with Trevor Lawrence at +250. Tua is also the favorite to be the first player drafted at the 2020 NFL Draft. His odds there are -140. If Tua lights up Duke, Alabama’s +200 odds to win the National Championship could take a major hit.

If you like Bama to win it all, back them as soon as you can.

Boise State vs Florida State

FSU coach Willie Taggert pressed the reset button after a disastrous 5-7 2018. Taggert has a new coaching staff. There will be new players at almost every position on offense. Boise State hasn’t named a starting quarterback. They won’t until mid-August. However, the Broncos return all 5 starters along the offensive line. Right now, they’re an overlay against the Seminoles at +4.

Oregon vs Auburn

This game takes place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It’s interesting that the oddsmakers have made Auburn a -2 ½ favorite even though on paper the Ducks are a College Football Playoff contender. No doubt, this is the most important game in College Football Week 1.

Oregon has a legit NFL first pick type player in quarterback Justin Herbert while the Auburn Tigers expect to contend for the SEC. Auburn might have the best defensive line in the nation. How Herbert handles it could determine who wins this one straight up.

Sunday, September 1

Houston vs Oklahoma

The reason to pay attention to this matchup? Has Oklahoma found a player to replace Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Kyler Murray? Oklahoma should dominate Houston because the Cougars must overhaul what was a bad defense last season. How the Sooners dominate is the real question.

Monday, September 2

Notre Dame vs Louisville

Louisville was awful in 2018. Although they should eventually be more competitive under former Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield, they won’t be competitive in Week 1. Notre Dame, with second-year starter Ian Book under center, should dominate the Cardinals.

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Alabama will battle Clemson in the National Championship…

Alabama-Clemson has become the premier rivalry in college football. That won’t change in 2019. Both teams have more than workable schedules. Alabama has two tough games on the schedule before the SEC Championship: at Texas A&M on Oct. 12 and at Auburn on Nov. 30.

Clemson has a tough game versus Texas A&M on Sep. 7. Both teams return Heisman Trophy favorite quarterbacks, Tua Tagovailoa for Bama and Trevor Lawrence for Clemson.

…And Alabama will win

Clemson dominated the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16 in last year’s National Championship. The Tigers sure looked like the best team in the nation. They lost some players on defense, though. Not only that, but it’s crazy to believe Nick Saban doesn’t discover how best to beat Clemson in this year’s National Championship.

The real reason for Clemson’s victory last season was because they figured out how to stop Tua Tagovailoa. Tua will have improved greatly, no doubt. Bama exacts revenge over Clemson in 2020.

Oklahoma will run the table in the Big 12

The Big 12 is almost always deep and Oklahoma must replace Kyler Murray at quarterback, but it’s hard to see the Sooners not going undefeated in the conference this season. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, former Alabama starter Jalen Hurts has similar skills that Murray has. Hurts could dominate ala Murray in Lincoln Riley’s offensive system.

Second, Oklahoma’s defense will be better under new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. Grinch will install a system that emphasizes crashing into ball carriers and forcing turnovers. Oklahoma has a real shot of winning the National Championship in 2020.

Michigan will win the Big Ten…

Not only did Urban Meyer retire as coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, but Ohio State must replace starters along the offensive line, a record-setting quarterback in Dwayne Haskins, and players on the defense.

Michigan must replace players on defense as well, but they’ve got a real shot of fielding the top offense in the nation. The Wolverines return 4-of-5 starting offensive linemen. New offensive coordinator Josh Gattis is getting rid of the huddle. He’ll speed up the game and put defensive opponents on the heels of their feet.

The Wolverines won’t find a better time to establish themselves as the top program in the Big Ten. Michigan beats Ohio State and then dominates in the Big Ten Championship.

…The Wolverines will make it to the College Football Playoffs

Michigan will not only win the Big Ten, but they will also make it to the CFP. The schedule doesn’t look difficult. A road game versus Wisconsin on Sep. 21 poses some danger. Penn State and Michigan State are both down this season and Michigan takes on Notre Dame at home.

The Wolverines must travel to Columbus in the yearly face-off with Ohio State. That’s the only game that Michigan probably shouldn’t win on the schedule. If the Wolverines are undefeated up until that game, even a loss, if it’s close, could put the Logans in the College Football Playoff.