While the matchup between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Missouri Tigers isn’t the sexiest matchup of Week 9, these SEC foes will bring out the best in each other Saturday afternoon.
There aren’t too many great games early this week, but the matchup between Kentucky and Missouri has all the potential of being a shootout that college football fans can’t keep their eyes off.
If you love old-school, chaos-filled college football, look no further than the Missouri versus Kentucky game!
When: Saturday, Oct. 27 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Faurot Field (Memorial Stadium), Columbia, MO
Watch: ESPN U
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: OFF, Spread: Missouri (-15)
While there is no doubt that Missouri should be favored in this game, Kentucky has one of the hardest schedules in all of college football and has earned their stripes this season. I would stay clear of the spread, but I would take Kentucky +15 if I had to.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Mikie Benton, S, Questionable
Martavius Neloms, CB, Questionable
Eric Waters, TE, Questionable
There is no question that neither one of these teams is fighting for BCS or Top 25 glory, but there will be SEC supremacy on the line. Each program is turning the page on an old regime and starting anew.
The winner of this game will go a long way in proving they are on the right track back to prominence.
Kentucky Player to Watch: Jalen Whitlow, QB
For the Wildcats, the football program is stealing a page from the college basketball program and riding with freshman quarterback Jalen Whitlow as the team’s starter. After losing Maxwell Smith due to an injury, Whitlow has been called into action to manage the game and avoid big mistakes.
With an offense run by a freshman and predicated on the run, defenses know exactly what to expect from Kentucky. Missouri will be stacking the box against the run and hoping Whitlow doesn’t have a breakout game through the air.
Missouri Player to Watch: Kendial Lawrence, RB
After being stuffed against the Alabama Crimson Tide, Missouri Tigers running back Kendial Lawrence will look to bounce back against a Kentucky defense that is tougher than many experts expected this season.
With 95 rushing attempts for 534 yards and five rushing touchdowns, Lawrence is the biggest offensive weapon the Tigers have this season. If they can get the young back running well early, Missouri will be in a great position to steal the win.
Prediction: Missouri 24, Kentucky 21
While each team is better than their records show, this is the kind of SEC battle that the Tigers knew they would get into as they slowly transitioned to the SEC.
As bad as Kentucky’s 1-7 record is, they have played the toughest teams excellent and almost pulled out stunning wins over Georgia and Mississippi State.
Missouri will underestimate the Wildcats, but Kentucky will shoot itself in the foot and cost itself a win. The Tigers will steal this victory and should consider themselves lucky.
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