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Kentucky Football: Odds set for who wins Wildcats’ starting QB job

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A look at how oddsmakers see UK’s starting QB battle playing out.

Jason Marcum

Oddsmakers are starting to weigh in on who will be the Kentucky Wildcats’ starting quarterback in 2018, at least for Game 1.

When the Cats host Central Michigan, one of Terry Wilston or Gunnar Hoak will almost certainly get the call as UK’s new quarterback, replacing Stephen Johnson following his graduation.

While Wilson gets more of the preseason hype, it’s Hoak who has been in the system for over two years now, which gives him a slight edge toward winning the job.

That’s the reasoning BetDSI oddsmakers used in their odds to win UK’s starting quarterback job for Week 1. Hoak is the slight favorite at -170, followed by Wilson at +130.

Though it’s a close battle, Hoak is probably going to get the Week 1 nod thanks to being in the system for several years now. The Class of 2016 recruit was an early enrollee back in 2016, so he enters the 2018 season with three spring football periods under his belt, as well as two falls of sitting and developing behind Johnson.

However, Wilson was a highly-touted JUCO quarterback who had interest from Nebraska, Ole Miss, Florida and Indiana among others. He’s going to get his chance to play, even if he doesn’t win the job right away.

Whoever is in second place will probably still see a lot of snaps in Week 1 vs Central Michigan and Week 3 vs Murray State.

Who do you think wins the job for Week 1?

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