Southern Miss vs. Kentucky Pick

CFB Week 1 Picks: Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Kentucky Wildcats 9/3/16

Will Southern Miss hang with Kentucky as a touchdown-sized underdog tonight at 7:30PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Wildcats are a 7-point home favorite tonight against the Golden Eagles while the over/under currently sits at 63.5 points. Neither the side nor the total has moved off the original number, although some books have Kentucky listed at -6.5 as we draw closer to kickoff tonight.

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Southern Miss was an outstanding play last season for bettors, covering in 10 of its 14 games on the year. The Golden Eagles won by an average margin of 14.4 points per contest and as a road team, they were 5-2 against the spread. They were also an underdog seven times on the year, covering in four of those games while losing by an average margin of -5.3.

Kentucky was the exact opposite of Southern Miss from a betting standpoint last year. The Wildcats were 3-9 against the spread in all games lat season, losing by an average margin of -2.8 points per game. As a home favorite they were 2-2 against the number and as a home team overall they were just 2-6 at the betting window.

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OUR PICK: Don't get caught up in the conferences when dissecting this game. Even though they play in Conference USA, the Golden Eagles have more than enough talent to hang with Kentucky on its home soil. The backfield combination of quarterback Nick Mullens and running back Ito Smith is one of the Group of 5's most dangerous and the two-deep for Southern Miss is explosive. Look for the Golden Eagles to stay within a touchdown of Kentucky tonight.



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