The Zoo is the nickname of where the Missouri Tigers play football. The Zoo has been more like a petting zoo instead of a place where fierce beasts lurk. The Tigers are getting walloped by SEC opponents on their home field. This week the Kentucky Wildcats are going to try and give Mizzou another loss and make them 0-5 in the conference. Missouri is going to try and do the same thing to Kentucky. The Wildcats have been awful on the road but Missouri is only 2-3 at home. It’s going to be a battle of who stinks more.
Kentucky Wildcats (1-7, 0-5) at Missouri Tigers (3-4, 0-4): Saturday October 27th, 12:00 PM
Missouri is coming off a bye week and boy did they need it. Their latest try at winning their first game in the SEC was against Alabama, and that ended with a score of 42-10 in favor of the Crimson Tide. The Tigers had a reputation of a fast paced, high scoring offense. They started the season near the top of the rankings in passing yards and scoring margin, but have since fallen off the map. It’s not going to help that dual threat quarterback James Franklin looks unlikely to play. Kentucky has a nightmare history of trying to defend against a running QB, so this is very welcome news. Mizzou has lost to South Carolina, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Georgia thus far in the SEC. Three of these four teams are actually good. I’ll let you guess which ones.
Kentucky is coming off a moral victory against Georgia as they only lost by five in Commonwealth Stadium. The key to that statement is “in Commonwealth Stadium”. The ‘Cats have been competitive in their home confines, but the road has been a nightmare. They have been outscored 119-21 away from Commonwealth while they have been outscored 140-120 in Lexington. It still sucks but we have to look at every positive at this point, OK? Patrick Towles may be available for the Missouri game, and that could be a game changer for the Wildcats. I still expect Jalen Whitlow and Morgan Newton to alternate at times but Patrick Towles could see the field and we have an idea what he can do with the deep ball. Our young secondary may catch a break with freshman Corbin Berkstresser taking the snaps instead of Franklin. Corbin 54-113, for 627 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions this season.
Neither team is very good. A loss would be even more devastating than the usual SEC loss. What the hell? I’m actually picking Kentucky.
Kentucky Wildcats 27-Missouri Tigers 21