NCAA football wagering doubts are high for the prospects off the Kentucky Wildcats as they are coming off a mediocre college football betting season and will not have their starting QB against Pitt.
Legion Field in Birmingham, AL will be the venue for the BBVA Compass Bowl between the Pitt Panthers and Kentucky Wildcats on January 8 with a telecast on ESPN set to begin at noon ET. Sports-Gambling opened with BBVA Compass Bowl odds of Pitt-3 with a total of 53.
Pitt will enter this game with a record of 7-5 straight up and 6-4-2 with the college football odds. The Panthers 35-10 home loss to West Virginia in the “Backyard Brawl” the day after Thanksgiving is what proved to be the last straw for Wannstedt as he was fired the following week after a 28-10 win in the snow at Cincinnati that proved to be too little too late to save his job.
Pitt was a near consensus pick to win a very weak Big East Conference but failed to develop consistency and ended up losing in a tie breaker to UConn for the league championship. Wannstedt agreed to coach the bowl game despite his obvious hurt at being let go from his Alma Mater. Pitt did rank 11th overall for total defense but their offense was up and down and ranked 74th nationally.
Kentucky has a NCAA football betting record of 6-6 straight up and against the spread with 9 of their games going over the total. Quarterback Mike Hartline is suspended for this game due to an alcohol related matter early in December.
It is a sad ending for senior who passed for 3178 yards. Kentucky was just 2-6 straight up in Southeastern Conference play and is bowl eligible because of a weak non conference schedule. Their best game was a 37-34 home loss to #1 Auburn as the game was settled on a field goal at the gun.
Kentucky is coming off a 24-14 loss at Tennessee and lost 6 of their final 9 NCAA football wagering matchups. Kentucky ranked a poor 75th for scoring defense and without Hartline they would look to be in serious trouble for this one.