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How and what to watch for Kentucky vs. Ole Miss

After dropping their respective season openers, both Ole Miss and Kentucky are looking to get on the board in SEC play.

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The Ole Miss Rebels and Kentucky Wildcats are two SEC foes trying stave off an 0-2 start this to the 2020 season after dropping their respective season openers last week.

While getting lit up by Kyle Trask and the Florida offense for 51 points wasn’t pleasant, optimism abounds in Oxford, MS, as first-year Lane Kiffin’s offense showed promise in the loss. Former blue-chip quarterback prospect Matt Corral threw for 395 yards and three touchdowns while star receiver Elijah Moore (whose Egg Bowl celebration set off an insane chain reaction in college football) hauled in a ridiculous 227 yards on 10 receptions.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats did all the could to muck up their season opener at Auburn. UK trailed 8-7 at the half before three second half Bo Nix touchdowns pushed the Tigers past the visitors from Lexington.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

Satuday’s game will kick off from Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY, at 4 p.m. ET on SEC Network.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Ole Miss at Kentucky (-6)
Point Total: O/U 61.5
Money line: Ole Miss (+165), Kentucky (-205)

  • Kentucky has covered in seven of its last eight games at home.
  • The over has kicked in the last seven day games at Kentucky.
  • Since 2011, Ole Miss has covered the spread 48% of the time as the underdog.

The Best Bet

This has the makings of a tight matchup as both schools find themselves right next to each other in Bill Connelly’s SP+ rankings with Kentucky at 43rd and Ole Miss at 44th.

After an impressive showing from their offense last week, I’d lean towards Ole Miss covering and outright taking this one in Lexington. Believe in the Lane Train.

Pick: Ole Miss (+6)

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