This matchup would be a lot more exciting if it were a basketball game but nonetheless the college football betting folks in the Blue Grass State will no doubt be glued to the TV when these cross state rivals give the fans something to cheer about during the basketball offseason. And if the betting sports betting lines are anything to go by, this should be a battle to the death between two mediocre but evenly matched football teams.
Kickoff for this Saturday matchup is set for 3:35 Eastern Time and sbg global opened with the Kentucky Wildcats as a 3-point favorite with an over/under total at 49.5.
Anyone looking for top-shelf football will be sorely disappointed if they tune into this game. Make no mistake; neither of these will be competing for a BSC berth anytime soon. Nonetheless the teams are both equally mediocre and that should make from some great action on the field and some very interesting NCAA football betting.
The Kentucky Wildcats did better than most sports betting experts thought they would last year finishing the season with a 7-6 record and even navigating the treacherous SEC and finishing conference play with a 3-5 record, which is much better than it sounds considering the talent in the SEC.
The Wildcats passing game was awful last year averaging just 142.8 yards a game and the rush defense was pathetic giving up 183.2 yards on the ground per game. In total the team only averaged 336.1 yards a game and gave up 362.9 which would explain the so-so record.
Still, it is the SEC and the team is back this year with high hopes and the only head coach in the world named “Joker”.
Louisville also has a new coach, one with a much more conventional name (Charlie Strong) and very rich coaching pedigree (former assistant to Urban Myer at Florida). Strong knows Kentucky well after facing them every year in the SEC and is a crafty defensive technician.
The Cardinals are coming off a rotten 4-8 season but should be much improve on defense (371.1 yards allowed per game in ’09) and the offense should be much more effective in its spread attack.
Given the Cardinals expected defensive strength and the Wildcats uncertainty at the QB spot, look for Louisville to pull off the minor upset.