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Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops named junior college transfer Terry Wilson as the team’s starting quarterback. After Tuesday’s practice, Wilson was asked about his speed. UK opens the season Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, against Central Michigan.
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Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops named junior college transfer Terry Wilson as the team’s starting quarterback. After Tuesday’s practice, Wilson was asked about his speed. UK opens the season Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, against Central Michigan.

The sportsbook Bovada is out with some interesting numbers, especially with regard to Kentucky football.

Seems people are betting on the “over” on Kentucky’s projected 5.5 win total of 2018. In fact, according to Bovada, the heaviest bet win totals over belong to Kentucky (over 5.5), UCLA (over 5.5) and Michigan State (over 9).

That means bettors are confident that Mark Stoops’ Cats will win at least six games this season, which starts Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff against visiting Central Michigan. ESPNU has the coverage.

Here are some more numbers provided by Bovada:

Public reactions to college football lines

College Football Playoff championship odds percent of money:

  • Alabama: 19 percent
  • Clemson: 14 percent
  • Georgia: 9 percent
  • Ohio State: 9 percent
  • Michigan: 6 percent
  • Wisconsin: 5 percent

No one else more than 2 percent

Heaviest bet win totals over

  • Kentucky: Over 5.5

  • UCLA: Over 5.5

  • Michigan State: Over 9

Note: Conference championships and bowl games do not apply.

Heaviest bet win totals under

  • LSU: Under 7.5

  • Ohio State: Under 10.5

  • Vanderbilt: Under 4.5

Note: Conference championships and bowl games do not apply.

Heisman percent of money

  • Bryce Love, Stanford: 10 percent

  • Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: 8 percent

  • Will Grier, West Virginia: 7 percent

  • Trace McSorley, Penn State: 7 percent

  • Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin: 6 percent

Kentucky football schedule 2018

DateOpponentSite
9/1Central MichiganHome
9/8FloridaAway
9/15Murray StateHome
9/22Miss StateHome
9/29South CarolinaHome
10/6Texas A&MAway
10/20VanderbiltHome
10/27MissouriAway
11/3GeorgiaHome
11/10TennesseeAway
11/17Middle TennesseeHome
11/24LouisvilleAway
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