Kentucky just a seven-point favorite over Kent State

Not that we are big gamblers here at the blog, but we do pay attention to point spreads.

Kentucky has opened as just a one-touchdown favorite over Kent State for Saturday night’s game at Commonwealth Stadium.

Las Vegas apparently sees Kentucky as a team with no momentum after Sunday’s 34-12 32-14 loss at arch-rival Louisville, a game in which the host Cardinals carved up the UK defense. Louisville opened the game with scoring drives of 99, 85 and 93 yards.

Kent State is full of optimism under second-year coach Darrell Hazell, who led the Golden Flashes to a 5-7 record a year ago and a 41-21 opening-game win over Towson State last Thursday.

Dri Archer scored three touchdowns and set up a fourth for Kent State in the win. A junior from Laurel, Florida, Archer had a 98-yard kickoff return for a TD, plus scoring runs of 15 and 18 yards.

Normally, SEC teams, playing at home, are expected to be at least double-digit favorites over visiting MAC teams. That’s not the case here. And Vegas usually knows what it’s talking about. That’s how it got to be Vegas.

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