Kentucky Wildcats vs. Central Michigan Chippewas
The Kentucky Wildcats look to improve on their week one performance as they host the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Wildcats are -13 point favorites over the Chipewas with an over/under point total set at 57.
If a win is a win then that’s what Kentucky got in their first game against Western Kentucky and while Joker Phillips would have preferred a more efficient and solid performance from his offense, the win beats the alternative. QB Morgan Newton was less than spectacular for the better part of the game as he was just seven for 18 passing for 97 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions and while he was hit in the backfield plenty, he had a 58 yard scamper that put him into positive numbers rushing for the game at 29. Josh Clemons led the running game carrying 11 times fir just 39 yards but had a 14 yard touchdown run and La’Rod King had two catches including a 31 yard TD catch. In all the Kentucky offense managed just 190 yards of offense as the defense saved the day with four interceptions and holding WKU to just 234 yards. From the looks of things it will be the defense which will be relied on heavily this year.
The Central Michigan Chippewas opened the season with a win but we didn’t learn much as it was against FCS South Carolina State. Even though they played an FCS opponent, there wasn’t much that Central Michigan did well as QB Ryan Radcliff completed just over 50 percent of his passes for 168 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Zurlon Tipton ran the ball effectively carrying 18 times for 71 yards and scoring a touchdown. Titus Davis had a 67 yard touchdown catch and Cody Wilson led the Chips with four catches. Central Michigan allowed just 137 yards on the day but only gained 256 yards themselves and committed eight penalties for 86 yards, a number they will need to work on.
Central Michigan is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games but they are generally strong against the number at the start of the season going 7-1 against the spread in September over the last three years. Kentucky has covered the spread in both of their games against MAC teams in the past three seasons, they are 7-4 against the spread in their last 11 games as a favorite, and 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 non-conference games.
The numbers here point to a not very exciting game if you like offense and points as both team defenses are ahead of their offenses. While Central Michigan doesn’t have Chris Rainey like WKU did last week, they seem to be a similar opponent to the team that gave the Wildcats fits last Thursday. On the other side the Central Michigan offense can’t get out of their own way either but it shouldn’t take to many points for them to get the cover which is a good thing for them as they don’t figure to score many here.
Central Michigan Chippewas +13 Kentucky Wildcats