We don’t have a full schedule this coming weekend, but it is still going to feel like a college football Saturday, as there are 3 bowl games set to go throughout the day. By the time we get into these games, we will know who is in the National Championship Game, and while these games may feel like a bit of a come down after the playoff semi-finals, we still have some really good action to watch and wager on this Saturday. The day begins as Noon with the Gator Bowl, which will see NC State and Kentucky go head to head. All of the games on Saturday look good, but the bookies have this one especially tight, with the Kentucky Wildcats in as a slight 2 ½ point favorite. The point total for the Gator Bowl is set at 49. Let’s have a look at both teams so you can make your bets against their NCAAF odds.
2021 Gator Bowl – NC State Wolfpack Vs Kentucky Wildcats
- When: Saturday, January 2 at 12 PM EST
- Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
- TV: ESPN
- NCAAF Odds: TBD
Why bet on the NC State Wolfpack
The Wolfpack finished the season at 8-3 and they finished on a hot run of form, winning the final 4 games of the season. They had a bit of a wobble in the middle of the season, but they still managed to win 7 of their last 9. When looking at some of the other trends, there are a lot of things to like, especially against the spread. The Wolfpack have covered the spread in 6 of their last 9 games, although they have only covered once in their last 3 games. This is a team that very often gets pulled into high scoring games, which is why we have seen 10 of their last 15. The OVER has also hit in each of their last 6 games versus a team from the SEC.
Why bet on the Kentucky Wildcats
The Wildcats are coming off a very disappointing season, finishing 2 games below .500 at 4-6. Over the last 6 games of the regular season, the Wildcats lost 4 times and struggled mightily on the offensive side of the football. In those 4 losses, they managed a total of just 26 points, but they then closed out the season by dropping 41 on the South Carolina Gamecocks. Even with that, the OVER hit in 3 of their last 4 games of the season. They are also 6-2 O/U in their last 8 games versus a team form the ACC. They have only managed to cover the spread in 4 of their last 10 games.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It has been a while since these teams have played, so perhaps the momentum that the Wolfpack had at the end of the season might not carry over. I believe it will, though, which is why I am taking them to win and cover.
Pick: NC State Wolfpack 27 Kentucky Wildcats 20