Kentucky Wildcats at Missouri Tigers
Saturday, October 27 at 3:00pm CT; Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, MO
TV: SEC Network; Line: Missouri -7; Over/Under: 56.5
I feel like I’m being duped by the oddsmakers. I’m not sure how Missouri is favored when they are 0-3 in conference and their best win is at Purdue. It definitely feels like a case of good offense being better than good defense. The Tigers can score, rest assured, but Kentucky has battled all year and are No. 2 in scoring defense. Josh Allen is a beast pass rusher and will make life hell for Drew Lock all game.
Kentucky 24, Missouri 20 (Kentucky, Under)
Lock has his best game of the year in a big win over Kentucky. It will not be the stats he puts up, but how he controls the game against a really good Wildcat defense.
Missouri 31, Kentucky 17 (Missouri, Under)
Is Kentucky actually good at football? They may only have one loss this season, but they looked incredibly vulnerable in said loss. I think Lock and Missouri are due for a big win. Missouri wins, but Kentucky covers.
Missouri 30, Kentucky 24 (Kentucky, Under)
Honestly, I don’t see why many people consider Missouri to be favored over Kentucky. Kentucky has a win over a Top 10 Florida team, and their only loss came against the No. 16 Aggies.
Kentucky has one of the better defenses in the SEC, and I think that they’re definitely good enough to contain Lock and the Missouri offense. They should be able to put a lot of pressure on Lock, and their defense matches up favorably with the Missouri offense. Lock, while he’s shown flashes of brilliance, has looked average so far this season.
On offense, Kentucky has elite running back Benny Snell. The Heisman contender could have yet another spectacular performance. I see him getting more than 20 carries and rushing for close to 200 yards in this game. If Kentucky can get their passing game going as well, this game could be a blowout. I expect Missouri to sell out on the run, but Snell will break several large runs in this game. Kentucky wins by 10.
Kentucky 27, Missouri 17 (Kentucky, Under)