Missouri Tigers (3-0) at Kentucky Wildcats (2-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 26, 2015, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -2.5 -- Over/Under:
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Missouri Tigers face off on Saturday in Lexington in a SEC college football matchup.
The Kentucky Wildcats got off to a solid start to the season but they are coming off of their first loss of as they fell to Florida last week. The Kentucky offense is averaging 25 points and 358.3 yards per game. UK QB Patrick Towles is completing 51.7 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and four interceptions. The Kentucky rushing attack is led by Stanley Williams who is averaging 8.1 yards per carry with one touchdown and Dorian Baker is the Cats top receiver with 11 catches and Garret Johnson has 10 catches. The UK defense is allowing 23 points and 380.3 yards per game with six sacks, two fumble recoveries, and four interceptions. Josh Forrest is Kentucky’s leading tackler with 30, Khalid Henderson has 29 tackles, Marcus McWilson has 19 tackles. Kentucky will need to put last week’s disappointment behind them.
The Missouri Tigers are unbeaten thus far this season and although they haven’t won impressively, they all still count in the win column. The Missouri offense is averaging 23.3 points and just 325 yards per game and they have turned the ball over six times. Mizzou QB Maty Mauk has completed 52.5 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and four interceptions and he has rushed for 96 yards and a score. Ish Witter in Missouri’s top rusher with 137 yards as Russell Hansbrough has been banged up and J’Mon Moore is the top receiver with 11 receptions. The Missouri defense has allowed 9.67 points and 217 yards per game with seven sacks, four interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. Kentrell Brothers leads the Tigers with 42 tackles, Michael Scherer has 15 tackles, and Aarion Penton has 14 tackles. The defense has carried the weight but the offense will have to improve if Missouri has any chance to return to the SEC Championship game.
Kentucky is 2-5 in their last seven games, 2-7 against the spread following a loss, and 7-19 against the spread in their last 26 SEC games. Missouri is 14-3 in their last 17 road games, 14-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 in their last five games.
I don’t like the way Kentucky looked against Florida and playing against a team that finds a way to win it makes it a bad spot for them so my pick is Missouri.