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Kirk Herbstreit picks Kentucky to upset Texas A&M

Kirk Herbstreit has been one of Mark Stoops’ biggest supporters in recent years, so it’s no surprise that he’s all in on Kentucky after their 5-0 start. On the latest episode of his podcast with Ian Fitzsimmons for ESPN, Herbstreit picked Kentucky to beat Texas A&M in Kyle Field on Saturday even though the Cats opened as a 6.5-point underdog.

“When are you guys going to start buying in to Kentucky?” Herbstreit said of the oddsmakers. “A touchdown dog? Is it just that people have a hard time grasping that Kentucky’s playing football?”


“I still think this Kentucky team’s for real,” he added. “A&M has a great D-Line and very physical linebackers, 240 lbs. type guys. They’re going to be determined to challenge that physical Kentucky running game led by Benny Snell. I think Terry Wilson will be the difference. I think his ability to be the compliment to Snell running and more importantly, he’s going to have to make some plays passing. I think Kentucky will be able to get out of there with a very close win.”

Also crucial? Winning the turnover battle. Texas A&M ranks 118th in the country in turnover margin, with seven turnovers lost to only two gained; Kentucky is tied for 63rd with eight lost and eight gained. To win on the road in a hostile environment, Herbstreit said Kentucky’s defense must make life difficult for quarterback Kellen Mond, who’s turned the ball over four times in the last two games.

“This Kentucky defense — you mentioned Josh Allen — they’ve got athletes in that secondary that are ball hawks, so I think Kentucky can come up with a couple big turnovers to be able to get the ball back to Terry Wilson. I like Kentucky to win that one.”

In a spot for TGI Fridays, Herbstreit named Kentucky vs. Texas A&M one of his four games to watch this weekend and reiterated that Terry Wilson needs to have a big day for the Cats to win:

You got this, Terry.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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13 Comments for Kirk Herbstreit picks Kentucky to upset Texas A&M

  1. crwally
    1:21 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink


    • damage_control
      1:29 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

      Did he really say “ball hogs”, or did he say the actual term for a play-making defensive back, “ball hawks”??

    • Trevathan
      1:30 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

      You know you’re a basketball school when:

      You can quote someone as saying a secondary is full of ball hogs instead of ball HAWKS and nothing even crosses your mind as wrong about that terminology.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      1:34 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

      My bad. Was in a rush.

    • crwally
      5:49 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

      It’s a blog dude. Only sad thing I see is someone who thinks they’re being witty by starting a comment, “you know you’re a basketball school when:”

    • Trevathan
      6:10 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

      Just as Tyler should not take anything by my comment, you shouldn’t either. The only thing sadder than my post is the person who feels the need to defend the writer as if that will pay off one day when you meet the writer but they have no lasting memory of your heroics. Which I’m guessing is a daily occurrence now at KSBar.

  2. Catcasey1
    1:49 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

    That’s the kiss of death

  3. CombatMedic_98
    2:27 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

    I concur!

  4. KYjellyRoll
    2:32 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

    Says hawks

  5. pbsully
    3:01 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

    Agree and think The Cats come out with a close win. He did pick UK vs. SC.

  6. michaelb
    4:17 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink


  7. BLUEsky
    9:10 pm October 4, 2018 Permalink

    Benny is going to be Benny. If our coaches call a good game, and Terry Wilson plays well and doesn’t turn the ball over repeatedly, we win.