Tennessee Vols vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting Preview

Written by:
Ean Lamb
Published on:
Oct/27/2023

The 5-2 Tennessee Vols will be a -3.5 road favorite in Kentucky against a 5-2 Wildcats team.  Both teams are 4-3 Against The Spread. 

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Action, Line and What the Number Should Be

Action is relatively balanced on this game.  The line has moved from -3.5 to -4.  With Sagarin we get a number of Tennessee 9.81, indicating an underlay of as much as 6 points.  This tends to be quite favorable for the favorite when the number is 3/3.5/4 and not going under the 3. 

The BetUS Betting Preview: Vols vs. Wildcats

BetUS host Gary Segars, and expert handicappers Kyle Hunter and Parker Fleming preview the College Football Week 9 game between Tennessee and Kentucky. They'll go over the best value college football odds available and betting trends and share their College Football expert predictions. 

Segars says: "If you subscribe to the body blow theory, Tennesse can absolutely be in trouble.  They've gone through Texas A&M and Alabama the last two weeks.  Kentucky, coming off a bye week."

Tennessee is 13-3 Straight Up and Against The Spread versus Kentucky in their last sixteen meetings.

Tennessee has not been good on the road lately.  Kentucky, on the other hand, 6-1 Against The Spread in their last seven as a home dog.

"Recent trends would certainly favor Kentucky in this one," Segars believes. 

More to Consider

Tennessee beat Kentucky two years ago but by just three points.  Last year was a 44-6 blowout at the hands of the Vols.  Tennessee has won four of the last five in this series dating back to 2018.  Two of those were wins by more than the current spread.

Peter Fiutak of College Football News notes that the Kentucky passing attack just hasn't clicked.

"No one has been able to get to 200 rushing yards on the Vol D that allows just 110 per game. Combine that with the occasional turnover problems - three against Missouri, multiple in three of the last five games - and there’s no margin for error.

"Tennessee might not be the offensive powerhouse of last year, but if the Joe Milton of the first half against Alabama shows up, all should be fine."

That reference is to Tennessee imploding in the second half after leading and dominating the first half against Alabama last week.  It was the Vols second loss.

The Kentucky defense is good. Georgia is the only team to run for more than four yards per pop against them so far this season.

Vols vs. Wildcats Game, Player Props

Game Props

3 Straight Scores by Either Team

yes

-264

no

+190

Time of First Score O/U 6 (mins elapsed)

Under(6)

-143

Over(6)

+106

Team to Score First

KEN

+101

TEN

-136

First score of Game is Touchdown

yes

-417

no

+258

Any Team to Score 40+ Points

yes

+323

no

-501

Team to Score Last

KEN

-103

TEN

-130

Defensive or special teams TD scored

yes

+208

no

-295

Will there be Overtime

yes

+800

no

-2000

Will there be a Scoreless Quarter

yes

+239

no

-345

First Touchdown Prop Bet

Ray Davis
+500
Jaylen Wright
+700
Squirrel White
+850
Ramel Keyton
+950
Barion Brown
+1000
Tayvion Robinson
+1000
Jabari Small
+1100
Joe Milton
+1100
Dane Key
+1200
Any Other Player
+1500
Dylan Sampson
+1600
Kaleb Webb
+1900
JuTahn McClain
+2100
Chas Nimrod
+2300
Demie Sumo-Karngbaye
+2700
Jacob Warren
+2700
McCallan Castles
+2700
Jordan Dingle
+3000
Tennessee Defense
+3000
Devin Leary
+3500

- Ean Lamb, Gambling911.com

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