The spread for the Kentucky Wildcats football upcoming game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Kroger Field has been released. Your Kentucky Wildcats are favored by 6.5 points after both teams coming off of a bye week that followed very disappointing losses.
Kentucky, as we all know, limped to a 24-7 loss against South Carolina, the Gamecocks first win over Kentucky in football since 2014. Arkansas on the other hand, let a big game slip through its fingers in Dallas against Texas A&M. That would have possibly salvaged their season after their loss to San Jose State the week before.
All of BBN knows this is a must-win game. If you drop this game, possibly the second-easiest remaining game on the schedule, then the season is going to be over in the eyes of many fans. This game means a lot towards bowl eligibility, which is now in question, with Kentucky down to Lynn Bowden at QB and Walker Wood as the backup. Not only are the stakes high in terms of season standings, bowl eligibility, and just overall fan energy towards the team, this is the Jared Lorenzen game. If the players and coaches can’t go out on Saturday and put together a win, preferably a convincing win, it will just be a downer on what should be a really special night.
On the season, Kentucky is 3-2 against the spread and 3-0 against the spread at home. Razorbacks are sitting at 2-3 against the spread and 0-1 against the spread on the road. The Wildcats have the edge over Arkansas in two key season averages; the Wildcats are averaging more rushing yards and time on the field than the Razorbacks. Those two categories are going to be very important if the Cats want to cover the spread and win the game. With Bowden at QB, Mark Stoops is going to have to get some sort of run game going, and a good run game should lead to more time on the field than your opponent. When all is said and done, I think that Kentucky turns it around, covers the spread, wins the game, and the reason why I think that is because our run game is going to get a chance to show what they can do. I would get that line before it moves up to seven. For the serious sports bettors out there, the over/under is 53.