College Football Week 2 Predictions: Ohio Bobcats vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Ohio Bobcats vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Saturday, 9/6/14, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kentucky -9.5
Current Betting Line:  Kentucky -13
Opening Total:  53.5
Current Total:  52
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Kentucky Wildcats were explosive offensively in their 2014 season opener
The Kentucky Wildcats were explosive offensively in their 2014 season opener

Ohio picked up a 17-14 victory over Kent State as three-point road underdogs in its opener, as it won the statistical battle by 142 yards, while going UNDER the betting total of 47.  The Bobcats are one of only two Mid-American Conference schools that have played in five straight bowl games, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds page.  The squad’s 63 wins since the start of the 2006 campaign are the most of any team in the East Division over that period of time.  Ohio is 0-2 SUATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points over the last two-plus seasons.

The Bobcats return all four starters from their defensive line that helped their overall unit register 36 sacks, which can’t be ignored when making your college football predictions.    Ohio has split its four all-time meetings against Kentucky, which includes a 28-16 victory in 2004 when playing in Lexington.  In two career games as a starter, quarterback Derrius Vick has thrown for 461 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions.

Kentucky scored its most points in a season opener since 1998 when tallying a 59-14 victory over UT Martin last week, which also served as the team’s largest margin of victory in a game since 2002.  The Wildcats are expecting to improve in a big way under second-year head coach Mark Stoops, as he energized the fan base with the two highest ranked recruiting classes in program history.  Offensively, the team established a school record by averaging 10.8 yards per offensive play last time out.

The Wildcats five defensive turnovers last week is equal to on-third of the 2013 season total of 15.  Kentucky is 28-7-1 SU all-time against teams that make up the current alignment of the MAC, as it prepares to play such a foe for the ninth time in the last 13 seasons.  A total of 15 primary offensive and defensive starters from last year are back on the field, while Stoops sent out a total of 25 players to get their first experience of things at the collegiate level.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to their 5-2 SUATS mark as favorites over the last two-plus seasons.

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