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    At 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, the Kentucky Wildcats (3-0) are at home against the Northern Illinois Huskies (1-2).

    The Wildcats are very big favorites (currently -26) in their matchup against the Huskies, with the over/under at 53.5 points. (On the moneyline, the Wildcats are -3521 and the Huskies are +1260.)

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    Game Info and Betting Lines for Kentucky vs. Northern Illinois

    • Game Day: Saturday, September 24, 2022
    • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ESPN2
    • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
    • Stadium: Kroger Field
    Wildcats vs Huskies Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Wildcats -26 -109 -112 53.5 -112 -110 -3521 +1260

    Kentucky Betting Insights

    • Northern Illinois has covered the spread once in three games this season.
    • All of Northern Illinois’ three game with a set total have hit the over.

    Kentucky Stats & Insights

    • Defensively, Kentucky has been a top-25 unit, ranking 15th-best by giving up just 253.7 yards per game. The offense ranks 91st (368.3 yards per game).
    • Kentucky sports the 75th-ranked offense this season (31.3 points per game), and has been better on defense, ranking 12th-best with just 9.7 points allowed per game.
    • Kentucky ranks 26th in passing yards this year (294.0 per game), but has been thriving on the other side of the ball, ranking 12th-best in the FBS with 152.0 passing yards allowed per game.
    • While Kentucky’s run defense ranks 38th with 101.7 rushing yards allowed per game, the offense has been worse, ranking 10th-worst (74.3 rushing yards per game).
    • Defensively, Kentucky has been a top-25 unit in terms of third-down efficiency, ranking third-best by allowing a 17.5% third-down percentage. The team’s offense ranks 83rd (37.5% third-down conversion rate).
    • Kentucky ranks 100th in college football with a -1 turnover margin after forcing 4 turnovers (71st in the FBS) and committing five (74th in the FBS).

    Kentucky’s Best Players

    • Will Levis has thrown for 882 yards (294.0 ypg) to lead Kentucky, completing 67% of his passes and recording six touchdown passes compared to four interceptions this season.
    • The team’s top rusher, Kavosiey Smoke, has carried the ball 39 times for 178 yards (59.3 per game), scoring one time.
    • La’Vell Wright has been handed the ball 19 times this year and racked up 58 yards (19.3 per game).
    • Dane Key’s leads his squad with 226 yards as a receiver. He’s racked up that yardage on 13 catches (out of 15 targets) and scored three touchdowns.
    • Tayvion Robinson has reeled in 13 passes while averaging 67.3 yards per game.
    • Barion Brown has compiled nine receptions for 99 yards, an average of 33.0 yards per game..
    • J.J. Weaver, the team’s tackle and sacks leader, has recorded 1.0 sack, 13 tackles.
    • Carrington Valentine has picked off a team-high one pass. He also has seven tackles and one pass defended to his name.

    Northern Illinois Betting Insights

    • Northern Illinois is 1-2-0 against the spread this year.
    • Out of Northern Illinois’ three games with a set total, the two teams combined to hit the over.

    Northern Illinois Stats & Insights

    • Northern Illinois’ defense has been bottom-25 in total defense this season, surrendering 432.7 total yards per game, which ranks 21st-worst. Offensively, it ranks 90th with 372.7 total yards per contest.
    • Northern Illinois ranks 68th in points per game (32.3), but it has been less effective on the other side of the ball, ranking 24th-worst in the FBS with 34.3 points ceded per contest.
    • Northern Illinois has been struggling in pass defense, ranking 14th-worst with 284.3 passing yards allowed per game. It has been better offensively, compiling 218.0 passing yards per contest (94th-ranked).
    • From an offensive angle, Northern Illinois is putting up 154.7 rushing yards per contest (83rd-ranked). It ranks 77th in the FBS defensively (148.3 rushing yards allowed per game).
    • Northern Illinois has been struggling on third down, ranking ninth-worst with a 53.8% third-down conversion rate allowed per game. It has been more productive offensively, compiling a 48.6% third-down rate (35th-ranked).
    • Northern Illinois has excelled in terms of turnovers, as the team’s turnover margin of +3 ranks 22nd-best in the FBS, with five forced turnovers (48th in the nation) and two turnovers committed (19th in the nation).

    Northern Illinois’ Best Players

    • Rocky Lombardi leads Northern Illinois with 530 yards on 39-of-60 passing with five touchdowns compared to one interception this season.
    • Antario Brown has carried the ball 41 times for 203 yards, with three touchdowns.
    • Harrison Waylee has piled up 152 yards (on 36 attempts) with one touchdown.
    • Cole Tucker paces his squad with 278 receiving yards on 15 receptions with three touchdowns.
    • Shemar Thornton has totaled 149 receiving yards (49.7 yards per game) on 13 receptions.
    • Kacper Rutkiewicz has racked up 62 reciving yards (20.7 ypg) and three touchdowns this season.
    • Michael Kennedy paces the team with 1.5 sacks, and also has 1.0 TFL and four tackles.
    • Northern Illinois’ top-tackler, Daveren Rayner, has 21 tackles this year.
    • Eric Rogers leads the team with two interceptions, while also putting up three tackles, 1.0 TFL, and two passes defended.
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