Kentucky Wildcats (6-1 4-1 in SEC) at Missouri Tigers (4-3, 0-3 in SEC)
- Where: Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field Columbia, MO
- Game time: 4:00 p.m. EST
- TV: The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
- Announcers: Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb and Kris Budden will have the call.
- Radio: Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel will have the UK radio network call on 840 AM in Louisville and both 630 AM and 98.1 FM in Lexington or online at UKAthletics.com.
- Satellite Radio: Sirius/XM 105/190
- Live Online Stream: You can watch the game online via WatchESPN and on mobile devices via the WatchESPN app.
- Replay: ESPN+ and SEC Network (check local listings)
- Odds: The Tigers opened as a 6-point favorite and are now favored by seven as of Saturday morning.
- Rosters: Kentucky | Missouri
- Prediction: Currently ESPN projects Kentucky as an underdog, as they give the tigers a 64.5-percent chance of winning. TeamRankings projects a 31-24 Missouri win. numberFire is going with a 31-24 Tigers win.
While we wait for the game, here is UK’s latest hype video to get fired up for today’s matchup:
The Wildcats will need to find some more offense if they’re going to keep up with the high-scoring Tigers, who feature a potential first-round draft pick in quarterback Drew Lock. He has Missouri averaging a staggering 46.5 points per game at home this year.
The Cats have only broken the 30-point mark twice on the year, against Central Michigan and Murray State. Matt House’s defense remains dominant but it’s reasonable to expect the Tigers to put some points on the board while playing on their home field. Lock threw for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns on 23/29 passing against Memphis this past week.
Lock has been up and down on the season but has shown success hooking up with receivers on deep passes, so Kentucky’s secondary will have to be dialed in this week facing a projected NFL Draft pick at quarterback.
Drew Lock is patient pic.twitter.com/8JR5iX3M47— Represent Mizzou (@RepresentMizzou) October 13, 2018
The Tigers are not as strong on the defensive side of the ball. Even with Kentucky’s recent struggles, the Cats should be able to manufacture points in Columbia.
Against SEC, opponents the Tigers are allowing 40 points per game, which is actually a similar number to what Vanderbilt was giving up when they came to Kroger Field. I think it’s fair to say that weather had to play somewhat of a factor in UK’s inability to get much offense going against Vandy. The fierce wind didn’t exactly make for good conditions for any attempt at an air attack.
The formula should remain feeding Benny Snell and mixing in schemes to get the ball in the hands of play-makers. Lynn Bowden is starting to get more involved which can only help Eddie Gran figure out a plan to move the ball. His touchdown grab was pivotal as Kentucky only scored 14 total points in the win against Vandy.
Missouri is allowing 131 rush yards per game, this will be an area that UK has to exploit and keep the chains moving.
This is likely the only game, besides Georgia, that UK will not be favored to win. Road games in the SEC are extremely difficult, and the Cats have looked vulnerable in their last 6 quarters of football. The defense can only do so much against an offense that has proven to put up big numbers like Missouri.
A win on Saturday would be a major step into making this season even more special than it already is. It’s nearly November, and Kentucky is still in the driver’s seat for the SEC East.
The next few weeks are going to be fun.