Miami RedHawks vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 9/3/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Miami RedHawks vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022
Location: Kroger Field in Lexington, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Wildcats (-20)
The Kentucky Wildcats (9-3 last year) are hosting the Miami RedHawks (7-6 last season) at Kroger Field on Saturday. Kentucky opens this game as 20-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 49.5.
The Miami RedHawks ended the season holding a 7-6 mark. The last time they took the field, the RedHawks played the North Texas Mean Green and took home the win by a score of 27-14. Brett Gabbert connected on 22/31 with 230 yards through the air and 2 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 154.6 and ended the contest without throwing an interception. Kenny Tracy led the offense in rushing for the RedHawks with 14 attempts for 92 yards (6.6 yds per attempt). On the day, they ran 78 plays which converted into 431 yds. The Miami Redhawks rushed the ball a total of 47 times and had 203 yds, which earned them an average of 4.3 yards per attempt. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the RedHawks gave up 89 yards on 32 attempts, which averages out to 2.8 yds per run allowed. Miami gave up 15 pass completions on 32 tries for a total of 228 yds, and a completion rate of 46.9%.
The RedHawks attained 5,542 total yards over the course of last season. Miami amassed 33 passing touchdowns and 16 touchdowns via the ground. They surrendered the ball 12 different times. Miami amassed 280 1st downs as a team, and they were hurt by 87 infractions for 785 yards. As a unit they had an average of 147.9 yards on the ground, which had them sitting 80th in D-1. Concerning putting points on the board, the Miami RedHawks averaged 28.9 points per game.
When talking about passing yardage, the RedHawks allowed 2,893 yds which ranked them 71st in Division 1. Over the course of their 13 games played, they surrendered 222.5 yards per outing via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 61.4%. They conceded 368.6 yards per contest which had them ranked 51st in college football. They conceded 17 touchdowns through the air in addition to 18 rushing touchdowns. They allowed teams to run for an average of 4.0 yards per attempt on the ground and 146.2 yards on the ground per game last season. During the season, they allowed 1,901 rushing yards through 13 games. The RedHawks sat in 39th in college football when it comes to the opposition scoring, conceding 23.1 points per contest.
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The Wildcats wrapped up their season holding a 9-3 record. In their last game, the Wildcats got the victory with a final of 20-17 when they faced the Iowa Hawkeyes. Christopher Rodriguez Jr. carried the rock 20 times for 107 yds, ending the game with 5.4 yds per carry for Kentucky. Will Levis (1 touchdown) ended the game with 233 yards on 17/28 through the air while his QB rating was 135.3. He had 1 interception and his Y/A was 8.3. Kentucky allowed 30 run attempts for 173 yards (5.8 yds per carry). The Wildcats secondary gave up a completion rate of 63.3%, surrendering 211 yds on 19 for 30 through the air. The Wildcats finished with 357 yards while they ran 73 plays (4.9 yds per play). Kentucky ran the ball for 2.8 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 124 yards on 45 carries.
When discussing their scoring prowess, the Wildcats ranked 28th in Division 1 holding an average of 33.3 points per game. Last season, the Wildcats racked up 2,700 passing yards in addition to averaging 225.0 passing yards per contest, which had them ranked 71st in D-1. The Kentucky Wildcats averaged 431.1 yards per contest, ranking them 41st in college football. The Kentucky offense accrued 528 yards of penalties on 60 violations, which was good for 112th in college football in terms of giving up free yards.
Kentucky allowed a total of 1,415 yards via the ground game (117.9 yards per outing) as well as 11 touchdowns by way of the ground game last season. They conceded 19 touchdowns through the air in addition to 219.3 yards per game, ranking them 54th in D-1. The Wildcats defense took the field for 743 plays, which was good for 6th in Division 1. The Wildcats allowed 22.1 PPG, which had them ranked 32nd in college football. Last year, they allowed 265 total points.
Who will win tonight's RedHawks/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Wildcats -20
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