Mark Stoops and Kentucky football have been the focal point of the Bluegrass for the last few days. After appearances on KSR radio on Friday and Fan Day this weekend, it is safe to say that the Big Blue Nation is ready for some college football. It got me thinking about sports betting and over/under prop bets, so I thought we would take a dive into what last season’s team accomplished and get input from the readers today. Let’s focus on offensive and defensive predictions, and remember it’s all for fun.
Last season the Wildcats were able to put up respectable scoring numbers for most of the season, and while they didn’t light up the scoreboard, they did what they needed to win. Eddie Gran’s offense averaged 26.62 points a game over the course of 13 games last season, almost 10 points more than what the defense allowed.
Of course this season we won’t have Benny Snell to rely on in the rushing game. Eddie Gran and Terry Wilson are saying they might be throwing the ball 30, 40, 50 times a game! While I think most fans are going to wait and see if that is true or not before getting too excited, it will be interesting to see what the new offense does. If Gran and Wilson end up being right, and the offense is slinging the ball at that rate it will be quite the change from the last three seasons that have been dominated by running.
The offensive line should be solid again this season, and Kentucky is going to feature a three-headed-monster at running back. The Cats have had at least one 1,000 yard rusher the last three seasons, thanks to Benny Snell. This season AJ Rose, Kavosiey Smoke, and Chris Rodriguez are all going to get reps running the ball, which sh0uld be really fun to watch play out, but will it give any of them the chance to break that 1,000 yard mark?
So let’s hear from y’all. A little over/under on this summer Sunday.
The Kentucky defense last season was absolutely ELITE! They only allowed 16.85 points a game and allowed just 219 yards of offense per game from their opponents. Led by Josh Allen (now of the Jacksonville Jaguars), the defense landed 28 sacks on the opposing QB. The defensive line should be stellar again this season with many guys coming back, plus additions like Xavier Peters will keep the linebacker core strong.
There are a lot of question marks when it comes to the secondary this season and without Davonte Robinson, there will be little to no experience in the secondary this season. The secondary forced nine interceptions last season and this season it isn’t certain who is going to force those turnovers when teams drop back to pass.
So, with that let’s give the over/under for the defense this season.
27 days until football season…