The talking season is here and that means a plethora of gambling content. Plenty of sportsbooks throughout the United States and other areas are starting to release season total numbers for college football. This always gets the juices flowing.
Draft Kings got the party started, and the online book surprised many when Kentucky’s season win total opened at just 6.5. That number was heavily juiced to the over meaning bettors had to risk a lot to win the wager. On Saturday, South Point released conference win totals and Kentucky’s number was much higher.
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In SEC games only, Kentucky’s win total comes out to 4.5 with -110 odds placed on both the under and over. That means the book is placing equal juice on both the over and under so one side isn’t a monstrous play over the other. Only Alabama (7.5), Georgia (7), Florida (5.5), and Texas A&M (5.5) have higher totals in the SEC. Kentucky is tied with LSU at 4.5.
When playing out the schedule, this would mean very good things for the Wildcat football program. Kentucky would be a very large favorite in three non-conference games — ULM, Chattanooga, and New Mexico State — while having a winnable game at Louisville to end the season. Just using these totals, the expectation could very well be for the Wildcats to finish the year at 8-4 or 9-3. That’s a likely top 25 finish with an Outback or Citrus Bowl appearance on New Year’s Day.
This is only one book and there will be plenty of more odds to leak out as the talking season advances into the summer months. However, there is no hiding from the fact that Mark Stoops and Kentucky have a very manageable schedule this season. Three of Kentucky’s four SEC road opponents — South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt — are all projected to finish with less than three conference wins. Home opponents Missouri and Tennessee have season totals at 3.5 and 3 respectively.
The Wildcats seem to have a golden opportunity in 2021. The preseason prognostications tell us that the Wildcats are set to play in a down SEC East. As one of the most stable programs in the conference, Kentucky just may be ready to strike and cash in with a big season.