Kentucky Wildcats 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
2020-06-14 12:00:00 EDT
The Kentucky Wildcats enter the 2020 college football campaign fresh off of their 4th straight winning season, the first time accomplishing that feat within the program since 2009. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Wildcats finished the year with an 8-5 overall record, including a 3-5 mark in SEC play and ultimately ending up in the Belk Bowl, a game the Wildcats would defeat Virginia Tech 37-30. With turnover in the Wildcats’ roster, only time will tell if Kentucky can have a 5th straight winning campaign for the first time since 1956.
Let’s take a look at Kentucky’s schedule for the 2020 college football season.
Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Eastern Michigan
Saturday, Sept. 12 at Florida
Saturday, Sept. 19 vs. Kent State
Saturday, Sept. 26 vs. South Carolina
Saturday, Oct. 3 at Auburn
Saturday, Oct. 10 vs. Eastern Illinois
Saturday, Oct. 17 vs. Vanderbilt
Saturday, Oct. 24 at Missouri
Saturday, Nov. 7 at Tennessee
Saturday, Nov. 14 vs. Mississippi State
Saturday, Nov. 21 vs. Georgia
Saturday, Nov. 28 at Louisville
The good news for Kentucky is that they have plenty of options at QB, with Terry Wilson back from a knee injury that he suffered in game number two last year. Sawyer Smith is back after seeing some action but battled injury as well, and Joey Gatewood who transferred from Auburn is an option, but his eligibility for this year is still up in the air. The running back group of Kavosley Smoke, Asim Rose and Chris Rodriguez JR. is back together after rushing for just under 2,000 yards last year, but the wide receivers, while there with guys like Josh Ali, are question marks considering how little development was accomplished last year with the Wildcats running a run-heavy offense for much of the year with Lynn Bowden at QB from his normal wide receiver position. Justin Rigg and Keaton Upshaw may be the safety valve for the Wildcats’ receiving corps and offense this season at tight end. The Wildcats also return a bunch of pieces from a defense that was just outside of the top-20 in overall defense and 14th in scoring defense. Seven of their top nine tacklers are expected back which should be a key in Kentucky’s defense taking a massive step forward again this year.
The win total for Kentucky is currently set at 7 wins, and I’m willing to give the Wildcats a 4-0 mark in non-conference portion of the schedule, including the season finale against Louisville. I do think road games against Florida and Auburn are losses as Florida and Auburn are losses, but Vanderbilt should be a win at home and I like the Wildcats over Missouri. Georgia is probably a loss too, so it’s a matter of Tennessee on the road and at Mississippi State to get over the total. In the end, I just think that even with LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M not on the schedule, this is tough sledding for Kentucky. I’m not sure what the offense is going to look like with the inexperience at WR and what’s going to happen with the quarterback scenario. The Wildcats can’t have another year where they’re relying on the run to get things done so I’ll side with the under 7 wins for Kentucky this season.