SEC Football Preview: Kentucky vs. Missouri

Missouri and Kentucky logos

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

Team Schedules/Results

Kentucky

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Toledo W 38-24
09/07/19 Eastern Mich. W 38-17
09/14/19 Florida L 21-29
09/21/19 @ Mississippi St. L 13-28
09/28/19 @ South Carolina L 7-24
10/12/19 Arkansas W 24-20
10/19/19 @ Georgia L 0-21
10/26/19 Missouri
11/09/19 Tennessee
11/16/19 @ Vanderbilt
11/23/19 Tenn.-Martin
11/30/19 Louisville

Missouri

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 @ Wyoming L 31-37
09/07/19 West Virginia W 38-7
09/14/19 Southeast Mo. St. W 50-0
09/21/19 South Carolina W 34-14
10/05/19 Troy W 42-10
10/12/19 Mississippi W 38-27
10/19/19 @ Vanderbilt L 14-21
10/26/19 @ Kentucky
11/09/19 @ Georgia
11/16/19 Florida
11/23/19 Tennessee
11/29/19 @ Arkansas

ESPN FPI

Kentucky: 46

Missouri: 22

Key Stats

Missouri
Team Averages
Kentucky
35.3
Points
20.1
16.6
Points Allowed
23.3
448.4
Total YDS
354.7
255.6
Pass YDS
167.0
192.9
Rush YDS
187.7
270.1
Total YDS Allowed
364.9
156.1
Pass YDS Allowed
182.9
114.0
Rush YDS Allowed
182.0
-0.43
Turnover margin
0.43
0.351
3rd Down Conv.
0.404
0.420
3rd Down Conv. DEF
0.306

Players to Watch

Kentucky

OL Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, OL Yasir Durant, C Trystan Colon-Castillo, WR Jonathan Jefferson, LB Cale Garrett, K Tucker McCann.

Missouri

C Drake Jackson, OL Logan Stenburg, WR Lynn Bowden, LB Cash Daniel, LB Jamar Watson..

Injuries

Kentucky

Date Pos Player Injury Status
10/21/19 RB Kavosiey Smoke Shoulder is “?” Saturday vs Missouri
09/14/19 QB Nik Scalzo ACL is out for season
09/08/19 QB Terry Wilson Knee is out for season
08/30/19 S Davonte Robinson Quad is out for season
08/07/19 WR Isaiah Epps Foot is out indefinitely

Missouri

Date Pos Player Injury Status
10/20/19 DB Christian Holmes Thigh is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky
10/20/19 WR Richaud Floyd Hamstring is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky
10/07/19 LB Cale Garrett Pectoral is out indefinitely
10/05/19 DL Trajan Jeffcoat Left Team is out for season
09/10/19 DB Chris Mills Knee is out indefinitely
09/03/19 LB Aubrey Miller Jr Knee is out indefinitely
08/16/19 TE Brendan Scales Foot is out indefinitely

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

This game pits two teams that meet in Lexington coming off disappointments. Missouri had blasted five straight opponents before being stunned at Vanderbilt. Kentucky’s had several letdowns this season following a marvelous 2018 season, mostly due to quarterback injuries. Both teams need win to get things back on track. Mizzou’s offense scored over 30 points in every game prior to the Vandy debacle. Kentucky’s defense is still solid despite the rough season so far. Vandy caught Mizzou off guard last week by starting a running QB. This game will be pretty close but Mizzou has a slight edge. Look for the Tigers to eek out a win but things could swing Kentucky’s way playing at home.

Our Preseason Prediction

Missouri 31, Kentucky 24

In-Season 14Powers.com Prediction

Missouri 24, Kentucky 21

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). Watch on the SEC Network.

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