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Kentucky vs. NC State odds, betting trends, expert picks and predictions

Breaking down Cats vs. Wolfpack with predictions.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are set for their final game of the 2020 season, as they’ll face NC State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

The Wildcats ended their regular season on a winning note, handing the South Carolina Gamecocks a 41-18 defeat. Heading into the bowl game, Kentucky will now look to officially end the year with a second-straight victory, which would also be their third-straight win in a bowl game.

Check out the latest odds, betting trends, expert picks and my prediction for the big game in Jacksonville.

Odds

According to Pregame.com, Kentucky opened as a 3-point favorite over NC State with that line narrowly fading to 2.5. The over/under opened at 51.5 and has also fell a tad, currently sitting at 50. “Sharp” money appears to be on the wildcats, as just 27% of the tickets placed are generating 76% of the cash. ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving Kentucky the edge in this one, predicting a victory by 56.5%.

Betting Trends

Kentucky Wildcats

  • Kentucky is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kentucky’s last 8 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
  • Kentucky is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games played on a Saturday.
  • Kentucky is 15-4 SU in their last 19 games when playing as the favorite.
  • Kentucky is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games played on a Saturday when playing at home.

NC State Wolfpack

  • North Carolina State is 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of North Carolina State’s last 15 games.
  • North Carolina State is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
  • North Carolina State is 7-2 SU in their last 9 games this season.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Southeastern conference.
  • North Carolina State is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games played on a Saturday.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games when playing as the underdog.
  • North Carolina State is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games played on a Saturday when playing on the road.

Expert Picks

Prediction

Kentucky’s dominance on the offensive line has been a tremendous problem for a teams that aren’t used to facing such physical units. NC State hasn’t played an offensive line like Kentucky’s all season. Combining their force in the trenches with a superior will to win, there’s just something about this game that screams Kentucky should pull out a late win. Kentucky runs the football and plays with a sense of urgency to end a year they’ll be glad is over.

Final Score: Kentucky 31, NC State 23