The Kentucky Wildcats have a long way to go before the Georgia Bulldogs come to Kroger Field.
Between now and the November matchup, Kentucky will face big road tests against the Texas A&M Aggies and Missouri Tigers in addition to a home date with the Vanderbilt Commodores.
But that’s not stopping oddsmakers from releasing early odds for what may turn into one of the biggest games in the history of Kentucky Football.
And to no surprise, the Wildcats are big underdogs against the second-ranked Bulldogs:
Updated games of the year lines @CaesarsPalace:— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) October 3, 2018
Washington -5.5 at Oregon
Georgia -11.5 at Kentucky
Oklahoma -3 at WVU
Notre Dame -6 at USC
Michigan at Ohio St -8.5
It is actually nice to see ‘Kentucky’ mentioned in the same sentence as ‘games of the year.’
Even with Kentucky being the home team, they’re going to be significant underdogs when Georgia comes to town. They simply have too much talent and depth throughout the roster to not be favored against just about any college team not named Alabama.
The good news is Kentucky plays its best football as the underdog. What’s crazy is that, assuming Missouri is a slight home favorite when Kentucky plays them, we could see the Wildcats be underdogs in six of their first nine games this year.
So far, they’re 3-0 as underdogs, but getting to 4-0 will be a major challenge this week at Texas A&M.
For what it’s worth, ESPN’s
Kentucky hater machine FPI has Georgia as 81.1-percent likely to win at Kroger Field. Unless something drastic happens between now and Nov. 3, expect Kentucky to at least a touchdown underdog at home, and that’s just how they’ll want it.