Kentucky vs. Northwestern Bowl Pick
Are the Northwestern Wildcats a good bet to cover the point spread this afternoon when they take on the Kentucky Wildcats at 4:30 p.m. ET in the Music City Bowl?
ODDSMAKERS LIKE: Northwestern. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Northwestern is an 8-point favorites to beat Kentucky, which opened as a 6.5-point underdog. The total, meanwhile, sits at 50 points after hitting the board at 51.
THE PUBLIC LIKES: Northwestern. As of Friday afternoon, 72% of betting tickets are on the Wildcats to cover the spread and 57% of the money is also on Northwestern.
INJURY REPORT: Denzil Ware (disciplinary), Nick Haynes (personal), C.J. Conrad (foot), and Cole Mosier (knee) are all out for Kentucky. For Northwestern, Keith Watkins II (knee), Xavier Washington (suspension), and Solomon Vault (lower body) are all out.
WHO WE LIKE: Northwestern. The Wildcats are 16-5 against the spread in their last 21 games overall, are 5-2 against the number in their last seven bowl games, and are 7-0 at the betting window in their last seven games coming off a win. They're also 6-0 against the number in their last six games coming off an ATS win.
Kentucky, meanwhile, is 1-3-1 against the spread in its last five bowl games. The Wildcats are also just 1-7 against the number in their last eight games overall, are winless at 0-5 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, and are 0-5 at the betting window in their last five neutral site games.
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