College Football Week 8 Picks: Kentucky Wildcats vs. LSU Tigers

Kentucky Wildcats vs. LSU Tigers
Saturday, 10/18/14, 7:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  LSU -11.5
Current Betting Line:  LSU -10.5
Opening Total:  49.5
Current Total:  53
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The LSU Tigers have dominated opponents when playing at Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night
The LSU Tigers have dominated opponents when playing at Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night

Kentucky has won three games in a row, including a 48-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe as 19.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive affair.  The Wildcats had a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same game for the first time since 2012 last time out, which is important to consider when making your Week 8 college football betting picks, while quarterback Patrick Towles threw for 216 yards in the win and three touchdowns.  Kentucky is 0-11 SU and 2-9 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 6-5 in that situation.

The Wildcats are off to a 5-1 start this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds, as it serves as their best open to a campaign since 2007.  Kentucky has one of the best statistical defenses in the Southeastern Conference, as the group ranks 15th in scoring  defense and eighth in turnovers gained.  Offensively, a total of 73 percent of the team’s rushing yards have come from student-athletes who did not play for the program a year ago.

LSU will look to make it a two-game sweep of SEC Eastern Division foes when taking the field at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, as it returns home after picking up a 30-27 victory over the Florida Gators as 1.5-point favorites in Week 7, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in four contests.  It’s important to point out that the team is a dominating 44-3 SU in Saturday night games at this venue during the Les Miles era, with all three losses coming to ranked opponents.  LSU is 5-0 SU and 1-4 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Tigers have turned the ball over just one time in their three SEC games, while they possess a plus-five turnover margin for the entire season.  True freshmen have accounted for 16 of the squad’s 31 offensive touchdowns, with running back Leonard Fournette really starting to gain some traction.  The nation’s top recruit from a year ago is coming off a 140-yard rushing performance.

Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to the home team being 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in this series.

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