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Vegas has No Respect for Kentucky Football

Mark Stoops’ Kentucky football program attracted national attention during a ten-win 2018-19 campaign, yet few still believe in the Big Blue.

The folks in Las Vegas still see the Cats was a novelty act.  Even though Kentucky won outright as underdogs four times in 2018, Caesar’s Palace has no faith in UK.  In their first future bets for the 2019 college football season, Kentucky has the worst odds in the SEC to win the CFB Playoff.


  • Alabama 5/2
  • Georgia 6/1
  • Florida 25/1
  • LSU 30/1
  • Texas A&M 30/1
  • Auburn 40/1
  • Mississippi State 75/1
  • Missouri 200/1
  • Arkansas 500/1
  • South Carolina 500/1
  • Tennessee 500/1
  • Kentucky 1000/1
  • Ole Miss 1000/1
  • Vanderbilt 1000/1

Will Kentucky win the CFB Playoff?  Not likely, however, Vegas is doing UK a disservice.  Georgia and Alabama were the only schools in the conference to finish with a better SEC record in 2018.  To put UK in the same company as Ole Miss and Vanderbilt (and behind two-win Arkansas?) is bush league.

Ten wins and they still get no respect.  There’s only one person who gets less respect than Mark Stoops’ team.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

29 Comments for Vegas has No Respect for Kentucky Football

  1. Smyrna_Cat
    3:04 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    This is an issue???

    • CatfaninCinci
      4:25 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      Kinda my thoughts as well. I laughed at Illinois basketball when they had that one good year with Deron Williams and some of their fans tried to argue that their basketball tradition was ‘in the same league’ as UK… This kind of feels like that to me. We had a good year guys. However, the idea that we’ve arrived as a football power is kind of a laughing stock.

    • natertatter
      4:46 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      these same experts said we would only win 5 games this past year as well…my point is they dont know shyt…they are like the weatherman they get it right about half the time yet get to keep there jobs….

    • Lip Man 1
      8:30 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      Agree with the posters who basically said a one year wonder isn’t grounds for changing the narrative of the program. It’s a very good start but it now has to be sustained if you want that respect.

  2. clarks
    3:07 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    Let em sleep on the cats we better off flying under the radar

    • Matt10
      4:59 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      Yep. Bingo

  3. bwise
    3:08 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    You’re love for a subpar qb has blinded you.

  4. Headhurts
    3:18 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    So nows your chance to make some $$$, although going to the cfb playoff is not likely next year.

  5. cats646
    3:25 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    I love it. Keep disrespecting us! UK will prove all the haters wrong!!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  6. ClutchCargo
    3:27 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    I am in no way saying we’re ready to start talking about winning titles… but how many friggin’ years in a row do we have to beat S. Carolina and Mizzou before they are no longer considered better programs by the “experts”?

    • cats646
      3:28 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      Right? 6 win streak against Carolina. Unbelievable

    • JerryCat
      5:11 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink


  7. JerryCat
    3:27 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    I’d be interested to see the odds of every top 12 finisher from last season. Guarantee you no one has lower odds than 100:1

  8. Wade
    3:37 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    A lot of shoes to fill next year. Stoops can shut the haters up and Kentucky football could really become special with another top 20 finish imo. It’s gonna take more than 1 yr! Need the offense to make that jump to the next level bc I’m sure the defense is gonna take a step back.

  9. UK_Finchy
    3:55 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    Vegas doesn’t “believe”, “disrespect”, or care one lick any which way about UK (or any team). UK will not win the CFB playoffs next year. And at, say. 50 to 1, even BBN won’t put actual money on it. But set it at 1000 to 1, and juuuuust enough dreamers will hand over $50 each to pay Benny Binion’s electric bills.

    • Joshua
      5:04 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      This. And only this. Vegas making money.

  10. Truman Claytor
    3:58 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    Still not throwing a tener down to get $10k on them to win… 2000/1 and ’m still not betting

  11. michaelb
    4:03 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    This is not a surprise . How much of chance do we actually have then ?

  12. az1006
    4:05 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    It doesn’t really matter, because we aren’t winning, no matter what the odds are. But, it is a slap in the face for Missouri, Arkansas, and South Carolina (even add Tennessee there too) to all have better odds, when you consider how 2018 played out for all those programs, and what they have coming in for 2019. Kentucky has beaten South Carolina 5 straight times. Beaten Missouri 4 straight times. Finished 2nd in the East, and 11th in the AP poll. Has a lot of talent coming back.

    At the very least, the odds for Kentucky should be the same as USC and Missouri. Again, it means little, but perception, in many ways, can become reality.

  13. kjd
    4:10 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    One 10 win season doesn’t mean we’re a perennial power.
    Time will tell.

    • CatfaninCinci
      4:26 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink


  14. krautdog
    4:21 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    Looks about right! Pretty much matches our recruiting rankings for the last 3/4 years!

  15. jaws2
    4:48 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    I’ll say it again. This is another projection that means nothing. We’ll get respect when we EARN it over time. Every team doesn’t get a trophy for participating. Well, not until the soft generation showed up.

    • MrPioneer
      5:00 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      I love this argument. Who is responsible for raising the soft generation?

    • bigbluebanana
      5:36 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      Jaws, have to agree with me pioneer man, who do you think is responsible for this “soft” generation? These kids watched from school desks as 9/11 unfolded. The living wage hasn’t matched inflation since the 70’s (housing payments in the form of rent or mortgages has, however, increased to match inflation), college tuition has increased across the board by over 1000% (one thousand!!!) and a single book for one class can cost over $1200. To top it all off, the generation before constantly belittles them for failures and makes any accomplishment they have seem trivial. They’re seeing our country as divided as ever and you have to be rich or lucky if you have any kind of illness that requires more than one doctor visit a year! I’m 36, I’m at the very edge of what is considered “a millennial”, I’ve seen the argument from both sides. They/we weren’t the ones getting angry when we lost at sports when we were kids, that was our parents! They’re the ones who threw a fit because “my child is special”. But go ahead man, keep calling these kids out for problems they didn’t create, just like the world we tore to shit just to leave them to deal with. “What do I care if there’s a country sized plastic garbage island in the ocean? I won’t be here when it actually causes problems”.

    • BigolBlue
      9:12 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

      I played baseball in the early 90’s until mid 2000’s and got a trophy every year. This whole participation trophy thing like most is overplayed.The farts that complain about it probably did themselves get trophies and or never played an organized sport.

  16. The Professor
    7:30 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    Don’t get mad. Take the odds and make a bet!

  17. Alleykat16
    10:04 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    Will we win 10 games next maybe. I think we will not I hope we do but we got a lot of good players that have left and will need to be replaced, but I think we will do better than what they think. Maybe 7 wins. But in aysar or 2 we will be back at 9 or 10 wins. It’s hard to get back to back 10 win seasons in the SEC.

  18. RickH
    11:16 pm January 30, 2019 Permalink

    They’ll finish 3rd or 4th in the SEC East much less win the SEC East, win the SEC title, make the playoffs, then win said playoffs. If you feel there’s a shot you can’t pass up those odds.