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Mizzou travels to Lexington Saturday night for an SEC East showdown with Kentucky. Let’s get to know them a little better.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 04 Central Michigan at Missouri Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Missouri Tigers make the trip from Columbia to face the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field Saturday night in what is the first real test of the season for the Cats. The kickoff is 7:30 pm ET on the SEC Network.

According to the ESPN Matchup Predictor, Kentucky has a 69% chance to win the game over the Tigers, and the point spread is UK by 5.5.

Let’s meet the visitors, shall we?

LAST TIME OUT FOR MIZZOU

Behind running back Tyler Badie’s 248 all-purpose yards and linebacker Blaze Alldredge’s 6.0 sacks, the Mizzou Tigers bested Central Michigan, 34-24, in Game 1. Connor Bazelak was 21/32 for 257 yards and two touchdowns. Keke Chism led all receivers with four catches for 47 yards. The long catch of the day — 69 yards — came from Dionne ‘Boo’ Smith on the first play of the game, setting up Badie’s 12-yard touchdown run. Alldredge led all defenders with 10 total tackles and 6.0 tackles for a loss of 35 yards.

SERIES VS. KENTUCKY

The Tigers’ 2020 win over the Wildcats was Mizzou’s first since 2014. Mizzou trails the all-time series with Kentucky, 7-4, and the Wildcats have won five of the last six meetings dating back to the 2015 season, however, three of those setbacks have been by eight points or fewer. Mizzou won the first three meetings with UK when it joined the league, winning 33-10 in 2012, 48-17 in 2013, and 20-10 in 2014, winning a pair of SEC East titles in that span.

LAST TIME OUT FOR KENTUCKY

The Wildcats are coming off a 45-10 win over ULM on Sept. 4. Will Levis passed for 367 yards and four touchdowns. The Cats held the Warhawks to 87 total yards (70 passing, 17 rushing) in the game. ULM had 43 yards on its first drive of the game, then 44 yards the rest of the game.

2021 STATS/RANKS

  • Scoring Off/Def _______ 34 ppg (49th) | 24 ppg (73rd)
  • Total Off/Def ______ 468 (32nd) | 475 (103rd)
  • Rushing Off/Def ______211 (40th) | 174 (87th)
  • Passing Off/Def ______257 (50th) | 301 (104th)
  • Time of Possession __________ 28:01 (83rd)
  • Red Zone _____________ 3-of-3 (100%) (3rd)
  • 3rd Down __________ 1-of-11 (9%) (124th)

SERIES HISTORY (Kentucky leads, 7-4)

  • 1965 — Kentucky, 7-0 at Columbia
  • 1968 — Kentucky, 12-6 at Lexington
  • 2012 — Missouri, 33-10 at Columbia
  • 2013 — Missouri, 48-17 at Lexington
  • 2014 — Missouri, 20-10 at Columbia
  • 2015 — Kentucky, 21-13 at Lexington
  • 2016 — Kentucky, 35-21 at Columbia
  • 2017 — Kentucky, 40-34 at Lexington
  • 2018 — Kentucky, 15-14 at Columbia
  • 2019 — Kentucky, 29-7 at Lexington
  • 2020 — Missouri, 20-10 at Columbia

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Founded: 1839
  • Enrollment: 31,105 (fall 2020)
  • Nickname/Colors: Tigers / Mizzou Gold & Black

TEAM INFORMATION

  • 2020 Record: 5-5
  • SEC Record: 5-5 / 3rd in SEC East
  • Offense scheme / Defense scheme: Multiple / Multiple
  • Lettermen Returning (53) 26 (O) / 22 (D) / 5 (ST)
  • Lettermen Lost (18) 9 (O) / 9 (D) / 0 (ST)
  • Starters Returning (20) 8 (O) / 8 (D) / 4 (ST)
  • Starters Lost (8) 2 (O) / 6 (D)

2021 SCHEDULE

  • S 4 - | - - | - Central Michigan SECN W, 34-24
  • S 11 - | - - | - at Kentucky SECN 6:30 PM
  • S 18 - | - - | - SEMO SECN+ 11 AM
  • S 25 - | - - | - at Boston College TBD
  • O 2 - | - - | - Tennessee TBD
  • O 9 - | - - | - North Texas TBD
  • O 16 - | - 6 | 6 Texas A&M TBD
  • O 30 - | - - | - at Vanderbilt TBD
  • N 6 - | - 5 | 5 at Georgia TBD
  • N 13 - | - - | - South Carolina TBD
  • N 20 - | - 13 | 11 Florida TBD
  • N 26 - | - - | - at Arkansas CBS 2:30 PM