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College Football Betting Preview: Tennessee Vols vs. Kentucky Wildcats
October 28, 2023
A pair of 5-2 SEC East rivals will square off on Saturday evening on ESPN when the 21
-ranked Tennessee Volunteers travel to Lexington, Kentucky to face the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field in week 9 of the college football season with the game kicking off at 7:00 PM ET.
The Tennessee Volunteers enter this game ranked 21
in the AP Poll and 20
in the Coaches Poll with a record of 5-2 following a 20-34 loss on the road against the Alabama Crimson Tide while failing to cover the 8.5-point spread as a road underdog in week 8 of the college football season. Tennessee scored 20 points while compiling a total of 404 yards offensively which included 271 passing yards and 133 rushing yards while allowing 34 points and 358 total yards defensively which included 220 passing yards and 138 rushing yards. Joe Milton III led the team in passing, completing 28 of 41 attempts for 271 yards and two touchdowns while also leading the team in rushing with 59 yards on 15 attempts. Squirrel White led the team in receiving, catching 10 of 12 targets for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Kentucky enters this game with a record of 5-2 following a 21-38 loss at home against the Missouri Tigers while failing to cover the 1.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 7 of the college football season. The Wildcats scored 21 points while compiling a total of 299 yards offensively which included 120 passing yards and 179 rushing yards while allowing 38 points and 332 total yards defensively which included 214 passing yards and 118 rushing yards. Devin Leary led the team in passing, completing 14 of 27 attempts for 120 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while adding a rushing yard and a touchdown. Ray Davis led the team in rushing with 20 carries for 128 yards while adding two receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Dingle led the team in receiving, catching both targets for 32 yards.
BookMaker has the Tennessee Volunteers listed as 3.5-point favorites on the road against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday evening in week 9 of the college football season. Tennessee has won eight of the last ten and two of the last three meetings while going 8-2 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Tennessee Volunteers are 4-3 ATS overall, 0-2 ATS on the road, 4-2 ATS as a favorite, and 2-2 ATS in conference games this season while the Kentucky Wildcats are 4-3 ATS overall, 3-2 ATS at home, 0-1 ATS as an underdog, and 2-2 ATS in conference games on the year.
Both teams enter this game with a record of 5-2, however, Tennessee has dominated the series winning eight of the last ten and two of the last three meetings. The Volunteers have also been the better team at covering the spread in the series going 8-2 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. Buy the .5 point and lay the points when the Tennessee Volunteers travel to face the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday evening.
Spooky Express Pick: Kentucky Wildcats -3
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