With the Kentucky Wildcats coming off their best season in over four decades, there’s only one question the SEC championship longshots are looking to answer heading into the upcoming 2019 college football regular season. Can they maintain the high level of play we saw out of them a year ago or are the doomed to take a huge step backwards this coming campaign.
If you’re a college football bettors that is looking to cash in on the multitude of value-packed win total odds in the online sportsbook, then you’ve come to the right place. Thanks to the expert insight that you’re about to get on the Wildcats, you’re going to have a great idea of just how many games Kentucky will win in 2019. Let’s get down to business.
Kentucky Wildcats 2019 Season Win / Loss Total Odds & Betting Prediction
2018 Team Leaders
- Touchdowns: Benny Snell Jr. (16)
- Rushing: Benny Snell Jr. (1449)
- Passing: Terry Wilson (2761)
- Receiving: Lynn Bowden Jr. (745)
- Interceptions: Darius West (3)
Why Kentucky Will Top Their Win Total Odds?
There are some excellent reasons to back Kentucky to top their modest win total of 6½ victories in 2019. First, I think a lot of people shouldn’t be all that surprised at Kentucky success a year ago, seeing as how the Wildcats have won at least seven games and finished at least .500 in the Southeastern Conference in each of the last three seasons to mark the first time that’s happened since 1949-51.
Then, there’s the fact that Kentucky has a bunch of incoming talent and some excellent leadership in the form of former U.S. Army All-American recruits Kash Daniel (linebacker), Landon Young (tackle) and Drake Jackson (center), now in their fourth year on campus.
Last but not least, Kentucky has an excellent head coach in Mark Stoops that is seriously underrated. The former defensive coordinator at Florida State from 2010-12, Stoops took over a program that was ranked 108th in the nation in total defense and turned it into one of the nation’s most vaunted units.
Why Kentucky Won’t Top Their Win Total Odds?
There are also a handful of good reason to back Kentucky to come up short of their win total odds. First, the Wildcats need some real improvement from quarterback Terry Wilson after he finished14th in the SEC in passing yards per game. Then, there’s the fact that the wide receiver group is mostly inexperienced and lacking playmakers.
Kentucky must also overcome the losses of National Defensive Player of the Year Josh Allen, all-time leading rusher Benny Snell and 12 other starters from their 10-win Citrus Bowl champion squad of a year ago. Oh, there’s more, seeing as how Kentucky lost three starters on the offensive line, including All-American Bunchy Stallings. Last but not least, the Wildcats need to replace seven starters from their outstanding defensive unit form last season.
While I will admit that it’s an almost certainty that Kentucky takes a slight step backwards in 2019, I definitely don’t see them sinking all the way to six victories to come up short of topping their win total figure. First and foremost, the Wildcats have eight home games and just four road dates this coming season, so that should help, particularly early on. The Cats will definitely fall on the road at Georgia, but I see no reason why they won’t give Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt a run for their money when they visit their three SEC rivals. Worst case scenario, Kentucky goes 7-5 to top their win total odds in a wager that looks like a virtual lock to me!
Pick: 7 Wins