SEC Football Preview: Missouri at Kentucky

Kentucky-Missouri Preview

Missouri faces Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Missouri

Date Opponent Score
31-Aug vs. South Dakota W 35 – 10
9-Sep vs. Middle Tennessee W 23 – 19
16-Sep vs. Kansas State W 30 – 27
23-Sep vs. Memphis* W 34 – 27
30-Sep at Vanderbilt W 38 – 21
7-Oct vs. LSU L 39 – 49
14-Oct at Kentucky
21-Oct vs. South Carolina
4-Nov at Georgia
11-Nov vs. Tennessee
18-Nov vs. Florida
24-Nov at Arkansas

Kentucky

Date Opponent Score
2-Sep vs. Ball State W 44 – 14
9-Sep vs. Eastern Kentucky W 28 – 17
16-Sep vs. Akron W 35 – 3
23-Sep at Vanderbilt W 45 – 28
30-Sep vs. Florida W 33 – 14
7-Oct at Georgia L 13 – 51
14-Oct vs. Missouri
28-Oct vs. Tennessee
4-Nov at Mississippi State
11-Nov vs. Alabama
18-Nov at South Carolina
25-Nov at Louisville

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Missouri Kentucky
ESPN FPI 37 38
Sagarin 58 35
Massey Composite 32 35
PiRate Ratings 41 31

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Missouri
Kentucky
78
85
8
10
0.388
0.379
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Missouri
Kentucky
65
105
9
12
0.386
0.440
4th Down Conversion Pct Missouri
Kentucky
94
107
7
13
0.429
0.333
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Kentucky
Missouri
54
106
8
12
0.500
0.667
Blocked Kicks Kentucky
Missouri
24
24
5
5
1
1
Blocked Kicks Allowed Missouri
Kentucky
1
112
1
11
0
2
Blocked Punts (5 ranked) Missouri 5 2 1
Blocked Punts Allowed Missouri
Kentucky
1
105
1
13
0
1
Completion Percentage Missouri
Kentucky
15
118
4
14
0.711
0.544
Defensive TDs Kentucky 1 1 3
Fewest Penalties Kentucky
Missouri
92
116
8
13
40
45
Fewest Penalties Per Game Kentucky
Missouri
85
111
6
13
6.67
7.50
Fewest Penalty Yards Missouri
Kentucky
86
103
10
12
325
357
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Missouri
Kentucky
78
94
9
11
54.17
59.50
First Downs Defense Missouri
Kentucky
60
85
8
11
111
118
First Downs Offense Missouri
Kentucky
23
87
4
12
136
108
Fumbles Lost Kentucky
Missouri
28
28
3
3
2
2
Fumbles Recovered Kentucky 27 1 4
Kickoff Return Defense Kentucky
Missouri
79
105
7
12
20.40
22.83
Kickoff Returns Kentucky
Missouri
7
83
1
11
28.50
18.62
Net Punting Missouri
Kentucky
74
99
12
13
38.35
36.62
Passes Had Intercepted Missouri
Kentucky
20
60
3
12
3
5
Passes Intercepted Kentucky
Missouri
34
73
5
11
6
4
Passing Offense Missouri
Kentucky
12
91
3
13
319.5
209.5
Passing Yards Allowed Missouri
Kentucky
94
104
8
9
245.2
257.0
Passing Yards per Completion Missouri
Kentucky
22
25
4
6
13.89
13.66
Punt Return Defense Kentucky
Missouri
24
93
3
10
2.80
10.40
Punt Returns Kentucky
Missouri
34
52
6
11
11.83
10.00
Red Zone Defense Kentucky
Missouri
77
106
6
10
0.850
0.889
Red Zone Offense Missouri
Kentucky
7
96
1
13
0.960
0.778
Rushing Defense Kentucky
Missouri
13
28
2
5
92.0
108.0
Rushing Offense Kentucky
Missouri
70
78
8
9
151.2
146.2
Sacks Allowed Kentucky
Missouri
24
54
2
4
1.17
1.83
Scoring Defense Kentucky
Missouri
42
67
7
10
21.2
25.5
Scoring Offense Missouri
Kentucky
39
40
6
7
33.2
33.0
Tackles for Loss Allowed Kentucky
Missouri
26
85
3
8
4.17
6.17
Team Passing Efficiency Missouri
Kentucky
10
75
2
13
174.86
134.43
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Kentucky
Missouri
75
98
7
11
136.31
144.16
Team Sacks Missouri
Kentucky
42
58
7
8
2.50
2.33
Team Tackles for Loss Kentucky
Missouri
49
61
6
8
6.0
5.8
Time of Possession Missouri
Kentucky
80
116
8
11
29:39
26:58
Total Defense Kentucky
Missouri
46
51
8
9
349.0
353.2
Total Offense Missouri
Kentucky
22
85
5
11
465.7
360.7
Turnover Margin Kentucky
Missouri
35
76
3
11
0.50
-0.17
Turnovers Gained Kentucky
Missouri
26
117
2
13
10
4
Turnovers Lost Missouri
Kentucky
16
48
3
8
5
7
Winning Percentage Kentucky
Missouri
14
14
2
2
0.833
0.833

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Missouri

QB Brady Cook, RB Cody Schrader, WR Luther Burden, OL Javon Foster, DE Darius Robinson, LB Ty’Ron Hopper, CB Ennis Rakestraw, CB Kris Abrams-Draine, S Jaylon Carlies, K Harrison Mevis.

Kentucky

QB Devin Leary, RB Ray Davis, WR Barion Brown, OL Kenneth Horsey, DT Deone Walker, DE JJ Weaver, LB Trevin Wallace, S Jordan Lovett, K Chance Poore, P Wilson Berry.

INJURIES

Missouri


Player POS Status
C. Schrader RB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
S. McNeil DB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
M. Miller WR Ques Sat – Undisclosed
D. Houston WR Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
M. Cox RB Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
I. Thompson DB out for season – Lower Body

Kentucky


Player POS Status
J. Geiger DB Doub Sat – Undisclosed
T. Wallace LB Ques Sat – Shoulder
J. Wilcox RB Out indefinitely – Hamstring
L. Wright RB Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
K. Horsey OL Out indefinitely – Leg
N. Hall OL out for season – Undisclosed
B. Christman OL out for season – Undisclosed

Source: Covers.com

Missouri vs. Kentucky Football Series History

Kentucky leads 9-4

COMMENTS

This will be a battle of two teams that are fighting to finish in the upper echelon of the SEC. Mizzou has its Luther Burden, whose last name is appropriate. Kentucky has bull running back Ray Davis. The should be a fun game to watch. It could probably go either way. I think Mizzou pulls out win.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Missouri 27, Kentucky 35

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Missouri 31, Kentucky 28

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 4:30 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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