The No. 8 Kentucky Wildcats will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they host the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday. Kentucky covered the 30-point spread in a 31-0 win over Youngstown State last week. Northern Illinois, meanwhile, is facing an SEC opponent for the second consecutive week after losing to Vanderbilt in Week 3.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. The Wildcats are favored by 26.5 points in the latest Kentucky vs. Northern Illinois odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 54. Before entering any Northern Illinois vs. Kentucky picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.
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- Kentucky vs. Northern Illinois spread: Kentucky -26.5
- Kentucky vs. Northern Illinois over/under: 54 points
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Why Kentucky can cover
Kentucky is in a very comfortable position on Saturday, as it has a chance to cruise to its third blowout win at home this season. The Wildcats have already won and covered the spread against Miami (Ohio) and Youngstown State, picking up a 31-0 win last week. They also notched a high-level victory on the road against then-No. 12 Florida in Week 2, winning 26-16.
The Wildcats had 10 penalties and three turnovers against Youngstown State, but they were still able to cover the spread. Their defense ranks inside the top 15 in points allowed per game, so a clean performance from their offense should lead to an easy win on Saturday. The Wildcats are on a seven-game winning streak and have gone unbeaten against the spread in their last six games.
Why Northern Illinois can cover
While Kentucky has already recorded two blowout wins at home, this will be a trickier opponent. The Huskies have been excellent on offense, averaging 32.3 points per game over their first three outings.
Kentucky has a huge game at No. 16 Ole Miss on deck, making this a trap game on the schedule. Northern Illinois has enough offensive firepower to take advantage of a mental lapse from the Wildcats on Saturday night. The Huskies have covered the spread in six of their last eight games, and they are facing a Kentucky offense that does not generally score points in bunches.
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