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Kentucky Opens as a 24.5 Point Underdog

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According to the folks in Vegas, the Wildcats don’t have much of a chance against Louisville. Kentucky opens up on the betting lines as a 24 and a half point underdog on the road. That’s the second-highest margin of the season, as Alabama opened up as a 34.5 favorite over the Cats.

Surprisingly, that’s a little bit more of a cushion for the Cats than expected. With the Cardinals coming off of an upset from Houston, you’d think that would’ve weigh more on the gamblers in Vegas.

Nonetheless, the Cats haven’t paid any mind to the betting lines this year. With UK’s strong running game, the Cats shouldn’t allow Louisville enough time to run away with the game. It could go down to the wire, as this rivalry has in recent years. In order for that to happen, Kentucky can’t come out playing slow. They have to fight and be ready to run for that goal line.


Article written by Kory Henry

"We will kick, pass, and run, til the battle is won!" Bleeding blue since 1990. @KoryHenryKSR

17 Comments for Kentucky Opens as a 24.5 Point Underdog

  1. SoCalCat
    1:12 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink

    Seems low. I would expect the Cards to pour it on in order to secure a top bowl game. 63-13 maybe?

    • ukcamel
      2:43 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink

      They could win by 300 and it wouldn’t change their bowl game outlook.

    • dshwildcats
      7:01 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink


      If the Cards couldn’t put up 63 points on Duke, UVA or Wake, I don’t think they’re going to put up 63 points on Kentucky. If I’m a Cardinal fan, I just hoping my team decides to show up on Saturday at high noon. They sure didn’t show up Thursday night at Houston!

  2. UK Big Board Update
    1:36 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink

    They were favored by 17 over Houston, too, LOL!!!

    • cats paw
      5:32 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink

      wouldnt it be nice to cheer for a team to where you could actually brag about THEIR accolades…as opposed to getting your only kicks from making comments about other teams that own you? lol

    • runningunnin.454
      6:05 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink

      So who said anything about Louisville basketball?

    • Booby Petrino
      6:18 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink

      I certainly wouldn’t brag about wins after my team was busted stealing plays. Cheaters.

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:09 am November 21, 2016 Permalink

      Awwww, cats paw took a break from crying over the Houston loss to come here and troll. Thats dedication, folks.

  3. onlyone
    3:47 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink

    First game this year I will not watch just will be to painful

  4. dshwildcats
    6:39 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink


    Don’t look at the game from that perspective. The Kentucky team, and its fans, should look at Saturday’s game as a “nothing to lose” scenario. The Cats will be taking on a team that is a “National Championship” contender! I read some comments from Cards’ fans after they had watched the Alabama-LSU game a few weeks back talking about how they would destroy the Crimson Tide if they were matched up in the playoffs. As a matter of fact, they were pretty confident that they would handle Ohio State, Michigan, Washington and Clemson in a rematch.

    This team is the real deal! Their players and HC were so upset about the CFP Committee not giving them their proper respect that they proceeded to go out and prove……..get smashed at Houston Thursday night! The same Houston team that gave up 46 points to Navy, and 38 points to SMU, earlier in the season, held the mighty Cardinals to 10 points.

    I find it hard to feel bad Louisville and its fans. The Cards have had multiple opportunities to show the CFP Committee that they are force to be reckoned with. But, they looked very pedestrian at home against a Duke team that is 4-7. They went to Charlottesville and were fortunate to slip by a UVA team that is sitting at 2-9 right now! They trailed a very average Wake Forest team for 3 quarters a week ago yesterday.

    The fact of the matter is, this is a good Louisville team, but not a great one. There is a recipe for Kentucky to beat the Cards on Saturday. They need several extended long drives that result in TDs and not FGs. They need to have some success in the passing game, that will keep Louisville’s defense from loading the box to stop the run. They absolutely need to win the turnover battle. And, they need to limit the number of long (15-20+ yards) runs by Lamar.

    Kentucky can definitely win this ballgame, onlyone! It is not a hopeless cause. And like I said–the Kentucky team and its fans have absolutely nothing to lose Saturday, because we are playing “The ‘Ville”!! Our kids should just consider themselves lucky to be on the same field with such a “titan” of the college football world!

  5. dshwildcats
    6:44 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink

    Wouldn’t it be nice if fans of the Louisville Cardinals hung out on websites that are devoted to Louisville athletics, and discussed sports with fellow Cardinal fans, instead of spending most of their waking hours on a website strictly devoted to their school’s arch-rival??? What a sad existence!! Lol!!!

    • Kat 308
      8:32 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t mind them but that’s so true. I have never been on a Louisville or Tennessee site.

  6. Luether
    9:41 pm November 20, 2016 Permalink

    Lamar Jackson is Superman…

  7. dshwildcats
    6:14 am November 21, 2016 Permalink

    Kat 308,

    When a person spends as much time on a website devoted strictly to their rival like some of these Louisville trolls, then they obviously have too much time on their hands. I enjoy reading KSR, and occasionally making comments after the articles. But, I definitely don’t have enough time to be posting 24/7 on a Louisville site like Card Chronicle just to try and get under the skin of the Louisville fans.

  8. Rsn2GoBlu
    12:11 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

    I watched something last Thursday that is usually associated with UK football, and that is a team just quit. If we can get up early on UL by 10-14 pts, it would not surprise me to see them quit again. They have a fragile mindset now and showed no leadership. When coaches and players are arguing on the sideline, you have problems on the field.