Kentucky Wildcats (6-1) vs. Missouri Tigers (4-3)
NCAA Football Saturday October 27th, 2018 at 3:00 PM CT (Memorial Stadium/ Faurot Field)
Line and Odds: Kentucky Wildcats +6.5, Missouri Tigers -6.5
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Saturday October 27th, 2018 the SEC Conference will battle it out in Columbia, Missouri as the Kentucky Wildcats take on the Missouri Tigers.
The Wildcats have been a shock to the college football world this year. Winning their first five games this year against a tough SEC schedule. The Wildcats only blunder so far is against Texas A&M, but even then, they played well. Defense has been key for Kentucky. On average they are only allowing 12.9 points against them this year. The Wildcats have not let any team put up more than twenty points yet and give their offense a lot of breathing room. Overall, they have the thirteenth ranked total defense in the country, and with a defense playing this well, it’s no wonder why they have the nation’s attention.
On the offensive side of the ball, Kentucky has been very rush heavy. Benny Snell Jr. has taken on the workload in Lexington. Snell is currently ranked fourth in total yards for FBS running backs. The Wildcats are going to need him on Saturday and can’t rely on a mediocre passing attack. Only averaging 127.3 yards in the air per game for any SEC school, is less than spectacular. Most of division one football is more comfortable passing the ball than running, but Kentucky is an outlier. The Wildcats are going to need more than a mediocre performance from Terry Wilson to leave Columbia with a win.
Mizzou is coming off of a big win against the Memphis Tigers. Mizzou put up sixty-five points on a solid defense. Leading the Tigers to a thirty-two point win was Senior Quarterback Drew Lock. Lock has had a great year so far and has proven himself as a quarterback at Missouri. Lock is just under 2000 yards this season and leads one of the most dangerous offenses in the nation. Averaging just under forty points, and 500 yards a game is solid. Mizzou had trouble scoring against both Bama and Georgia, but I don’t see that as the case this weekend.
Defensively the Tigers are less than ideal. Currently they are ranked 85th in the nation, and have trouble slowing opponents down in the air. If the Tigers need a stop late in the fourth quarter, I wouldn’t count on it either. The good news is against the rush the Tigers are only allowing 132 yards per game. They are going to make Kentucky throw the ball which hasn’t worked out the best for them. I think Missouri’s defense will play better this week than previous ones, but I wouldn’t get attached for much longer than this weekend.
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#12 Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
Kentucky is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Missouri
Kentucky is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Missouri is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
Missouri is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
Missouri is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
FREE NCAAF Prediction and Odds Missouri Tigers vs. #12 Kentucky Wildcats
Columbia Missouri is a beautiful place, if you have ever been there. They have amazing food, nice people, and football team that lives and dies by their offense. Drew Lock is the star and will probably be drafted in the first round this year. Lock is a stud. He has offensive weapons all around him, and they share the same offensive strategy as Alabama scoring almost at will on opponents. Kentucky’s defense has played well all year, but they haven’t played an offense like this yet, and it will be a great test for them. I don’t see their rushing attack burning Mizzou as it has other teams, but I think they will have a better day passing the ball than have all season. Overall, I think Kentucky gets their second loss of the year while Missouri picks up their first conference win.