Free Week 1 Prediction: Wildcats vs Golden Eagles Odds
Looking for Kentucky Wildcats vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles free picks? Week 1 betting sees the Wildcats taking on the Golden Eagles Saturday, September 2nd at Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Kentucky Southern Miss free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Kentucky Wildcats vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
NCAA Football Spread: Kentucky -10.5
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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We have finally reached week one of the college football season with a full plate of games. The best part of a new season is that every team feels like they can have a good season, and that this is the season where they can reach all their goals.
One of the games to take place in week one takes place at Roberts Stadium. The Kentucky Wildcats travel to Hattiesburg Mississippi to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
These two teams played last year, and the Golden Eagles pulled the upset winning by a final score of 44-35.
The Kentucky Wildcats had a very up and down season last year, but were still able to finish with a 7-6 record second place in the SEC East.
For the Wildcats this year, it is all going to come down to the how well the offense plays. The defense will have it’s struggles and it all depends if the offense can make up for it.
Last year it was all about the rushing game for the Wildcats, and that should be the case again this year. Sihiem King and A.J Rose should provide a very successful 1-2 punch, that will have to carry the offense.
At quarterback Stephen Johnson is back for another year. Last year he won seven of the 11 games he started, and although his stats weren’t outstanding, he had control over the offense and made good decisions with the football.
The one thing Johnson does need to improve on this year, is holding on to the football. He had six fumbles last year and needs to be better with ball security.
On the defensive side of the ball the secondary is good, and should be a bright spot for the team, but after that things get real dicey. The front seven is really going to need to step up and be better if the defense wants to take a step forward.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles also finished the season last year with a 7-6 record and that put them 3rd place in the west division of Conference USA.
Last year the strength of the Eagles team was on the offensive end, but they are going to have to find a new quarterback after Nick Mullens graduated.
They have two options in Keon Howard and Kwadra Griggs, both who are good options, but probably not as good as Mullens was last year, and by the look of it this might be a two quarterback team all year.
The good thing for the offense though is their leading rusher is back. Running back Ito Smith is back after just missing the 2000 yard rushing mark last year. I would expect that this year he will be able to top that total.
For the Golden Eagles to win this game Ito Smith is going to have to be a star. I would think he will need right around 200 yards if they want any chance to pull the upset, and that might still not be enough.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 15-5-1 in UK last 21 non-conference games.
- UK are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall..
- SOMIS are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
I think with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles not having a designated starting quarterback will really hurt their chances in this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Kentucky -10.5
The Kentucky Wildcats offense will get going early and often and that will lead them to a victory that covers the spread.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Wildcats 42 – Golden Eagles 21
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