Kentucky football will face its second straight weekend of tough Southeastern Conference teams welcoming LSU to Lexington and here are the odds, as well as a prediction for the Wildcats and Tigers.
Fresh off Kentucky football’s electrifying 20-13 win over Florida last Saturday coupled with LSU’s devastating 24-19 loss to Auburn at home the battle features who teams going in opposite directions.
Kentucky (6-0, 3-0) beat Floriday for just the second time since 1986, which was the last time they beat the Gators in Lexington. It was a wild celebration at the end of fans rushing the field and drawing a $250,000 fine from the SEC, but no one seems to really care.
Kentucky football surging, LSU struggling
Auburn beat LSU (3-2, 1-1) in Death Valley for the first time since 1999, and Tiger coach Ed Orgeron is feeling the heat from the LSU faithful.
The Wildcats vaulted into the rankings at No. 16 in the AP Poll and No. 14 in the Coaches Poll and sit undefeated and side by side with Georgia alone at the top of the SEC East.
Big Blue Nation is jacked and we can’t wait for Saturday to get here with another night game and charged atmosphere.
Coach Mark Stoops praised the rowdy and raucous fans that had the stadium shaking Saturday – literally. They will need that kind of support again this Saturday night against a desperate Tiger team.
I’ll break down the matchup and I’ll give you my prediction down below, but first, let’s glance at the odds for Kentucky vs LSU on Saturday.
Kentucky vs LSU Odds Week 6
The Week 6 betting odds on WynnBET currently have Kentucky as 2.5 points favorite. The under/over currently sits at 51. As for the Moneyline Kentucky is listed at minus -160 while LSU is plus +140.
Kentucky is 4-1 against the spread so far while hitting the over in three of them. LSU has covered the spread twice this year, but this will be the first time they are the underdog going into a game.
Kentucky vs LSU Predictions Week 6
Last week my prediction was Kentucky would win on a Matt Ruffolo field goal 31-28 wanting in my heart of hearts an ESPN, field rushing moment. Well, I got the field rushing part right and the win.
Ruffolo never attempted a field goal and the points were off but so was everyone. The fans on Kroger Field were the top trends in sports social media and on ESPN.
This week Kentucky looks to build upon that and hopefully not be lulled into hangover from that Gator muzzling.
Stoops has been happy all year with this team from the spring to fall practice and for most of the practices between games. It hasn’t been coach speak and fluff. You don’t really get that from Stoops.
Kentucky is looking to go 6-0 for just the third time in school history.
The two don’t play each other often about every five to seven years now and LSU has won 6 out of 7 matchups since 2000, and overall leads the series 40-16. The lone Kentucky win was the “Bluegrass Miracle” in 2007 in Lexington with the Cats winning 43-37 in 3 overtimes.
I vividly remember where I was standing in Commonwealth Stadium when it was a final and the thrill of beating the No. 1 ranked team.
This week appears to be UK’s best shot at another Tiger taming but it will take a much better offensive effort. That side of the ball continues to struggle for consistency. Will Levis needs just 11 more yards to throw for 1,000 on the season but interceptions and missing targets have been an Achilles heel.
Looking over the SEC statistics, the Tigers average 31.4 points per game which is just ahead of Kentucky’s 28.8 in the conference. Last week’s loss was the fewest points LSU has tallied all season.
Kentucky’s Chris Rodriguez leads the SEC in rushing with 612 on the year while receiver Wan’Dale Robinson leads in receiving yards at 467.
All that being said I am not sure we are going to see the scoreboard go into tilt mode this weekend with a slew of points.
With that my prediction for the week is Kentucky leaves Kroger Field with a hard-fought game that they must win in the trenches. Final score – Kentucky 28, LSU 24.