Free Week 1 Prediction: Rockets vs. Wildcats Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Toledo Rockets vs. Kentucky Wildcats (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 31 2019
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky
NCAA Football Spread: Wildcats -11.5
NCAA Betting Total: 58.5
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Kentucky is coming off its best season ever really. They play in the SEC so those games are going to be challenging but this one will be too. If they want to go bowling they have to get some out of conference wins.
Toledo is one of the favourites in the MAC this season. Jason Candle has this program as one of the most consistent in the league and they will push the Wildcats on the road. .
Toledo led the MAC at 40ppg last season. They are bringing a very good offense to Kentucky to start the season.
Eight starters are returning from that group and there is every expectation that they can continue to be productive, even against the defense from the big bad SEC. .
The defense is not nearly as sharp and returns just half of its starters. They have always been overshadowed in the Jason Candle era and under other coaches as well.
This is a good matchup for the Rockets to starts the season. It is never winning on the road against a Power 5 opponent but they are going to push Kentucky.
Kentucky won 10 games last season including a win against Florida that busted a lengthy losing streak.
That wold normally increase optimism in a program but they lost so much to the NFL that a good follow up is going to be very tough.
Those losses were leading rusher Benny Snell (their identity), and maybe the best defensive player in the SEC in Josh Allen (17 sacks). Those are all timers who are gong to be tough to replace.
To keep the team moving forward they are hoping for big time improvement in quarterback Terry Wilson. He is a good athlete but needs to improve his actual passing skills.
It is an easy narrative to be down on Kentucky coming into this season. I am too. They just don’t have the depth to replace what they lost and I don’t see Wilson improving enough to make up for them. They are still going to fight you every week but I don’t like this matchup for them.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 5-0 in Rockets last 5 non-conference games.
- Rockets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games.
- Rockets are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games.
- Wildcats are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on grass.
- Over is 5-0 in Wildcats last 5 non-conference games.
- Over is 4-1 in Wildcats last 5 games overall.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
It is week one and we are all dying to get some action. This is one of my best bets. I love Toledo in this spot and will back playing them against the number and to win outright
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Toledo +11.5
The key here is offense. Toledo is going to move the ball against UK, they do against everyone. They have to be able to score touchdowns though to make an upset a possibility.
They also have to be able to get stops against the Wildcats. I think they will be able to do so by selling out to stop the run and daring Wilson to be accurate enough to beat them. Simple strategy that they can execute.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Toledo 35 – Kentucky 26
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