A pair of SEC East Division teams take the field in the Bluegrass State on the college gridiron. The Missouri Tigers are on the road as they travel to face the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday night. Missouri was upended 21-14 on the road by Vanderbilt last Saturday in their previous game. Kentucky was blanked 21-0 on the road by #10 Georgia Saturday night amidst the raindrops in Athens. The Wildcats lead the all-time series between the teams 6-3: they have won the last four matchups, including a 15-14 road win in the last matchup on October 27, 2018.
Missouri Tigers Seek to Regroup After Falling Out of RankingsMissouri saw their five-game win streak come to an end as they were stunned by a Vanderbilt team that came in 1-5 overall and winless in conference play. The Tigers now try to regroup after that loss knocked them out of the AP Top 25. Missouri never got their offense going and gave up the go-ahead score with under nine minutes to play. The Tigers were outgained 315-293 in the contest and lost the time of possession battle by a 32:51 to 27:09 margin while winning the first down battle 18-16. Both teams turned the ball over once but the Tigers were only three of 15 on third down while completing just 50 percent of their throws.
The Tigers are tied for 49th in the nation in passing offense with 255.6 yards per game on the year while they are 39th in rushing offense with 192.9 yards per contest. Missouri is 31st in the FBS in scoring offense as they put up 35.3 points per game and the team stands 14th in scoring defense by limiting opposing teams to 16.6 points per contest. Kelly Bryant has completed 130 of 206 passes for 1,715 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions while adding 209 yards and a score on the ground. Taylor Powell is seven of 16 for 74 yards this season. Larry Rountree III leads the Tigers on the ground with 115 carries for 586 yards and eight scores while Tyler Badie contributes 69 carries for 311 yards plus two touchdowns as the second back in the system. Johnathon Johnson leads the Tigers with 28 receptions for 284 yards this season. Albert Okwuegbunam (18 receptions, 250 yards, six TD), Badie (20 grabs, 215 yards, two TD) and Jonathan Nance (16 catches, 284 yards, three TD) are good targets as well. Tucker McCann is 28 of 31 on extra point attempts and 11 of 16 on field goal tries this season with a long of 52.
Kentucky Wildcats Try to Reach .500 MarkKentucky fell for the fourth time in their last five games as they were shut out by #10 Georgia on the road last week. The Wildcats have had their offensive struggles after losing Terry Wilson under center as things simply haven’t clicked for them since that point. Kentucky hung tough for more than a half as the game was scoreless at halftime: their inability to move the ball proved to be their undoing. The Wildcats were outgained 270-177, gave up 14 first downs while picking up nine and lost the time of possession by a 33:28 to 26:32 margin in the contest. Kentucky turned the ball over once while failing to register a takeaway: the team was two of 16 passing and totaled just 17 yards through the air.
The Wildcats are 117th in the nation in passing offense with 167 yards per game through the air and 43rd in rushing offense with 187.7 yards per contest. Kentucky stands only 114th in the FBS in scoring offense with 20.1 points per game and they are 47th in scoring defense by allowing 23.3 points per contest. Terry Wilson was 33 of 52 for 360 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions plus 44 rushing yards with a touchdown on the ground. He was lost for the year with a torn patellar tendon in the game against Eastern Michigan on September 7. Sawyer Smith is 54 of 117 for 665 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions while Lynn Bowden Jr. has completed 12 of 30 passes for 134 yards plus a score while ranking second on the team with 54 carries for 394 yards plus two scores. Asim Rose leads the team on the ground with 91 carries for 457 yards and two scores. Kavosiey Smoke contributes 58 carries for 333 yards and three scores while Christopher Rodriguez chips in 17 carries for 118 yards and a score. Bowden Jr. leads the team with 30 receptions for 348 yards plus a score this season. Josh Ali (14 catches, 133 yards, TD), Ahmad Wagner (12 grabs, 248 yards, two TD) and Rose (10 receptions, 67 yards) are the only other players with double-digit receptions. Chance Poore hit all 14 extra point attempts and three of seven field goal tries with a long of 46 this season. Matt Ruffolo is four of four on extra points and two of three on field goals with a long of 50.
- Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game
- Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss
- Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game
- Wildcats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss
- Wildcats are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game