Kentucky Wildcats at Auburn Tigers 10/3/20: Early Look College Football GOY free preview, analysis, prediction, odds and pick against the spread.
2020-06-05 12:33:00 EDT
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Auburn Tigers meet Saturday, October 3 in college football action from Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Kentucky is coming off a successful football campaign in 2019, going 8-5 overall and 3-5 in the SEC. The Wildcats earned a trip to the Belk Bowl, where they defeated Virginia Tech 37-30. As for Auburn, they did slightly better overall at 9-4 and 5-3 in the SEC. The Tigers fell in the Outback Bowl versus Minnesota however by a score of 31-24. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Let’s take a closer look at both teams and see if we can get an idea of how things might play out when the Wildcats meet the Tigers on October 3.
Kentucky was projected to finish at No. 6 in a tough East Division last season, but the Wildcats managed to land a couple spots higher at No. 4 behind Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. Despite a 2-5 stretch in the middle of the season, Kentucky was able to pull off a nice string of four straight victories to close things out for a positive campaign. Moving on to 2020, the Wildcats bring back head coach Mark Stoops for his eighth season at the helm. Kentucky has some intriguing options at QB this year; Terry Wilson should be back after his knee injury, but if he’s having trouble returning to form the team also has Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood (as long as he’s eligible). The Wildcats are going to have to find some more rushing productivity now that Lynn Bowden is gone, though.
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Over on the Auburn side, their 5-3 mark in the SEC last year is pretty impressive, considering they share a division with LSU and Alabama. The Tigers kicked things off well with a 5-0 start that included wins over Oregon and Texas A&M, and they played LSU tough with a 23-20 road loss. Auburn beat Alabama 48-45 as well, but the Outback Bowl defeat took the excitement out of a potentially excellent ending to the season. In any case, 2020 brings head coach Gus Malzahn back for his eighth season, and Chad Morris joins as the new OC. They’re going to need QB Bo Nix to be playing optimally all year and iron out some of those inconsistencies if the Tigers are going to contend for the division. The good news is that Auburn has some great receiving options headlined by a talented Seth Williams, so the passing attack should be fun to watch.
Pick: I’m going to stick with Auburn as an early-look pick, but it’s close. Both of these teams will have a few games to warm up with before this matchup rolls around, so we should have a pretty good idea of the tendencies of each. Auburn returns a nice crop of talent from a great season in 2019, and so long as they don’t have too many issues adjusting to the new OC things should run smoothly.
As for Kentucky, so long as they get their QB situation solidified and comfortable they should have a pretty good 2020 as well, and I think they’ll be in the neighborhood during this Auburn game. If the line inflates by a few more points I’ll look at this one again but for now I still like the Tigers at under two scores.