The Kentucky Wildcats (2-3) host the Arkansas Razorbacks (2-3) this weekend for an all-SEC showdown from ashington State Cougars (3-2) travel to Tempe this weekend for a PAC-12 clash against the #18 overall Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1). Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM EST on Saturday, October 12th at Kroger Field and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.
Taking a look at the Week 7 college football odds, Kentucky opened as a 7.5-point home favorite earlier this week. That spread has decreased by half a point after early betting, as the Wildcats are currently listed at -7. The total for the game is sitting at 54 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Kentucky vs Arkansas
Arkansas lost their second consecutive game their last time out, coming up just short against #24 overall Texas A&M. The Razorbacks battled hard all game, holding a slim 24-21 lead at the beginning of the third quarter and appearing to have a legitimate shot at pulling off the upset. It wasn’t meant to be, however, as they were outscored by the Aggies 10-3 over the final 15 minutes en route to a 31-27 loss. QB Ben Hicks wasn’t at his best through the air, going just 15/27 for 188 yards and a touchdown. RB Rakeem Boyd led the way on the ground, rushing 18 times for 89 rushing yards. The receiving duo of Cheyenne O’Grady and Michael Woods also chipped in on offense, combining for 153 yards and a touchdown on 12 catches. Overall, Arkansas generated almost 400 total yards of offense but scored just two touchdowns in the loss.
The Razorbacks defense had a rough outing against Texas A&M, giving up almost 350 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. Arkansas struggled the most against the pass, as Aggies QB Kellen Mond passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns.
Kentucky lost their third straight game after an impressive 2-0 start to the year, falling 24-7 on the road against South Carolina to drop back below .500 overall. The Wildcats gave up ten unanswered points in the first half and never recovered, getting outscored 14-7 over the final two quarters en route to a double-digit loss. QB Sawyer Smith had an extremely rough outing through the air, going just 11/32 for 90 passing yards and getting picked off once. Chris Rodriguez led the way on the ground, rushing six times for 65 yards and a touchdown. None of the receivers could get anything going, as only Ahmad Wagner managed to record more than 30 receiving yards. As a whole, Kentucky generated just over 150 total yards and scored just a single touchdown against a very tough Gamecocks defense.
The Wildcats were fairly average on the other side of the ball against South Carolina, holding the Gamecocks to just under 400 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. However, Kentucky did really struggle defending against the rush, getting torched for almost 250 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: UNDER 54
It will be extremely interesting to see how this SEC matchup plays out on Saturday, as both of these teams have really struggled over the last several weeks. In fact, Arkansas and Kentucky have now gone a combined 0-5 in their last five games overall. I’m slightly more drawn towards the Razorbacks and the points in this particular spot, but I’m just not really sure there is enough value to be had with the spread currently at seven points. While I might have taken a stab with Arkansas at +7.5, I don’t really want to jump on that bandwagon now that the line has moved. Having said all of that, I do think that the UNDER on 54 total points is a decent proposition, as neither of these two offenses are particularly explosive.
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The Wildcats have averaged less than 14 points per game over their last three outings, while Arkansas has only averaged around 25 points per game during that same time span. While the Razorbacks have struggled a little bit on the defensive side of the ball, they certainly haven’t been awful or anything either – in fact, the total has gone under in five out of their last six games overall. On the other side, Kentucky has actually been slightly above average defensively, giving up around 24 points per game since the beginning of the season. I’m going to avoid both schools against the spread in favor of the UNDER on 54 total points scored in what should be a highly entertaining SEC clash.