Youngstown State Penguins vs Kentucky Wildcats 9-17-22

Youngstown State Penguins vs Kentucky Wildcats 9/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Youngstown State Penguins vs Kentucky Wildcats 9/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Youngstown State Penguins will go against the #20 Kentucky Wildcats in NCAAF action in Kroger Field, Kentucky, on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at 12:00 PM ET.


Mark Stoops has an 8-0 record as the head coach of Kentucky against teams in the Football Championship Subdivision, but there were some close calls.


In 2015, the UK had to come back to defeat Eastern Kentucky 34-27 in overtime after falling behind by two touchdowns.


The Wildcats were lucky to avoid a valiant Chattanooga attempt at an upset last year before prevailing 28-23. 


Oliver recorded an 8-yard reception in UK’s 23-21 victory over No. 23 North Carolina State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl after the 2020 season.


Oliver, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, had 8 catches for 125 yards and one touchdown during his time with the Wildcats.


Oliver caught 24 passes for 266 yards and 8 touchdowns last season, his first year after transferring to Youngstown State, the most touchdown receptions by a Penguins player since 2011.


  • The Youngstown State Penguins are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Youngstown State’s last 5 matches. 
  • The Youngstown State Wildcats are 0-7 SU in their last 7 matches.

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Youngstown State Penguins vs Kentucky Wildcats Predictions 9/17/2022


Youngstown State dropped seven straight games versus Power Five opponents since beating Pittsburgh in 2012; nevertheless, three of those losses were by 11 points or less for the Penguins.


The top receiving threat for Youngstown State is a well-known name. From 2018 through 2020, Bryce Oliver, a junior who is 6.1” tall and weighs 212 pounds, played football for Kentucky.


Oliver caught a touchdown throw from Terry Wilson for 32 yards in 2019 as the UK defeated Toledo 38-24 in the season opener.


The star of the Penguins is Youngstown State running back Jaleel McLaughlin. The Marshville, North Carolina, native, who is 5-9 and weighs 183 pounds, ran for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns on 20 runs as Youngstown State defeated Duquesne.


With 13 carries for 129 yards and a score versus Dayton, he made a comeback. He also snagged a 52-yard touchdown throw.


McLaughlin ran for 1,139 yards and 12 touchdowns for YSU last season, averaging 113.9 yards per game. McLaughlin, a transfer from NCAA Division II Notre Dame College, was selected for the AP FCS Third Team All-America in 2021.


  • Kentucky is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 matches. 
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Kentucky’s last 6 matches. 
  • The Wildcats are 6-0 SU in their last 6 matches.

Youngstown State Penguins vs #20 Kentucky Wildcats. The NCAAF pick for this game is the Kentucky Wildcats. The fact that there is a tenuous connection to Stoops does not imply that the head coach forgot what happened versus Chattanooga last season.


Penguins may be listed as endangered, but that won’t stop the Cats from destroying their FCS foe, especially if it comes after a defeat to Florida in week two. The Kentucky Wildcats will win to a predicted score of 35-21.


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Youngstown State Penguins vs Kentucky Wildcats 9/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 12:00 PM (EDT)


Location: Kroger Field, Kentucky


Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022




NCAAF Odds: Youngstown State Penguins -13.5


NCAAF Totals: 54


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