Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt Spread Pick

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores, 10/20/18 Week 8 Predictions

The Kentucky Wildcats suffered just one loss on the season, an overtime defeat at Texas A&M. They should add to their win column Saturday night when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores at 7:30 p.m. ET but will they cover the spread as a double-digit favorite?

Game Snapshot

311 Vanderbilt Commodores vs. 312 Kentucky Wildcats

7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 20, 2018

Kroger Field, Lexington, Kentucky

Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Wildcats are 11.5-point favorites to beat the Commodores. The total, meanwhile, sits at 46 points. As of this writing, 63% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Wildcats.

Vanderbilt Commodores

Vanderbilt redshirt junior RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn is expected to play on Saturday against Kentucky. Vaughn was excellent when he was on the field during Saturday's loss to the Gators, but he exited with an undisclosed injury, and the Commodores blew a 21-3 in the loss. If he can't go, Khari Blasingame and Jamauri Wakefield will likely be the top options, but it sounds like the redshirt junior will be able to go against the Wildcats this Saturday.

Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky redshirt sophomore QB Terry Wilson completed 13-of-20 passes for 132 yards and added 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground in Saturday's 24-10 win over South Carolina. Wilson (6'3/205) and Benny Snell's ability to run the ball have led the Wildcats to a 5-0 start including three SEC wins. The dual-threat quarterback has more rushing touchdowns (2) than interceptions (1) in the last three games. That's exactly what Wilson needs to do for Kentucky to continue their breakout season under Mark Stoops. The Wildcats get a chance to keep things rolling against Texas A&M on the road next week.

Betting Trends

Vanderbilt

The Commodores are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games versus the Wildcats.

Kentucky

The Wildcats are 8-20 against the spread in their last 28 home games.

Prediction

Vanderbilt was on its way to pulling off an outright upset last week against Florida, but the wheels fell off in the second half and the Commodores didn’t even cover as a 10-point dog. That was an early game and they were catching the Gators off an emotional win over LSU the week prior. Now they’re playing a night game at Kroger Field and they’ll be out of their element tonight. I’ll take the better team and lay the points.

College Football Prediction: Kentucky Wildcats -11.5

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