Miami (OH) vs Kentucky Week 1 Game Info
2022 NCAA College Football Game
Miami (OH) Redhawks (0-0) vs. No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Kroger Field — Lexington, KY
Week 1 of the 2022 NCAA college football season includes a showdown between the Miami (OH) Redhawks and No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats. Miami (OH) posted a 7-6 record in 2021 and return a majority of its starters. The Redhawks will be banking on that experience to pull off an upset here.
Meanwhile, Kentucky is still riding high following their fourth consecutive bowl win. Quarterback Will Levis is back to lead the Wildcats offense under Mark Stoops. Playing in the SEC is no joke, but Kentucky looks prepared to make some noise as an underrated conference title contender.
Miami (OH) vs Kentucky Odds & Spread
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Moneyline: M-OH: (+580) | UK: (-880)
Spread: M-OH: +16.5 (-108) | UK: -16.5 (-112)
Total: 53.5 — Over: (-114) | Under: (-105)
Kentucky enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and the spread. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features a total of 53.5, which is about average compared to this week's college football projected totals.
Miami (OH) vs Kentucky Prediction & Pick
This lines up to be a battle highlighted by two stellar QBs. Brett Gabbertt threw for 26 touchdowns and nearly 3,600 yards for the Redhawks in 2021. On the other side, Levis burst onto the scene as a dual-threat signal-caller by tossing 24 touchdowns and adding on nine of his own on the ground.
The Wildcats have too much talent on the roster to warrant an upset pick, though. Running back Chris Rodriguez and wide receiver Demarcus Harris should have no trouble picking apart the Miami (OH) defense. The Redhawks are 0-7 straight up in their last seven games against a SEC opponent, too.
Final Score Prediction: Miami (OH): 17 | Kentucky: 38
Miami (OH) vs Kentucky Betting Trends
- Miami (OH) is 2-6 against the spread (ATS) in its last eight games in September.
- The total has hit the over in each of Miami (OH)'s last five Week 1 games.
- Kentucky is 10-0 straight up in its last 10 games against a MAC opponent.
- The total has hit the over in eight of Kentucky's last nine Week 1 games.
Miami (OH) vs Kentucky Best Bet
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Every advantage in this game skews toward Kentucky. Miami (OH) allowed a whopping 155.2 rushing yards per game in 2021 (No. 61 in FBS) and lost their top tackler. Neither one of those facts bode well when facing an experienced QB/RB duo. The Wildcats may run the ball all day long on Saturday.
When Levis & company are on the sidelines, Miami (OH) is going to be forced to pass the ball against a Wildcats defense that gave up only 118.1 rushing yards per game in 2021 (No. 16 in FBS). That's going to result in a few turnovers and ultimately seal a three-possession victory for Stoops' team.
Bet: Kentucky -16.5 (-112)
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