The Kentucky Wildcats look to build upon an impressive opening week win over Louisianna-Monroe, but the task will be much taller as they welcome Missouri to Kroger Field on Saturday in a pivotal game both teams looking to make noise in the SEC East. Here are the odds and predictions for Week 2.
While there are bigger name games in the ensuing weeks for Kentucky namely Georgia, Florida, and LSU it’s the matchup with Missouri that completely sets the table for coach Mark Stoops and his Wildcats to make a statement. They are at least the third-best team in the SEC East and are gunning for the second spot displacing the Gators.
It will be under the lights on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff pitting Kentucky (1-0, 0-0 SEC) and Mizzou (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at Kroger Field.
Kentucky had the Tigers number from 2015-2019 winning each battle, although three were settled by a touchdown or less.
Last year it was all Mizzou who just pushed the Wildcats around and never seemed to relinquish the ball to Kentucky controlling it for 43 of the 60-minute game. The UK defense was gassed giving up 10 of 20 third-down conversions and even four of five on fourth down tries. That resulted in 421 yards of total offense for the Tigers to just a mere 145 for UK, but only a 20-10 final score.
One thing also missing from that game – Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman who missed his first game due to battling cancer something that had to weigh heavily on the team. He passed away just weeks later.
Was this game an anomaly? Is Eli Drinkwitz the next hot coach in the SEC? Or is steady Stoops ready to make a statement once again that this UK team is one to be reckoned with?
Kentucky vs Missouri Odds Week 1
The Week 1 betting odds on WynnBET the Wildcats are currently a 5-point favorite. You would have to think this line could even shrink a bit as game day approaches. Both Kentucky and Missouri have -110 money line odds. The over/under sits at 56 and that money line also sits at -110.
Kentucky vs Missouri Prediction Week 1
Last week Will Levis threw for 419 yards for Kentucky with four touchdowns while Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed for 125 yards and a TD. The Wildcat defense was stifling allowing ULM 65 yards on the opening drive and just 22 the rest of the game.
Mizzou allowed Central Michigan to romp through their defense for 465 yards of offense and the Tigers struggled to connect with the long ball.
Tyler Badie led Mizzou with 197 yards on the ground while quarterback Connor Bazelak threw for 257 yards and two scores, but was not accurate on the deep ball unlike Levis was for UK. Those big plays could be the difference in this tussle.
I don’t think we are looking at a blowout instead it will more than likely keep the trend of one-score being the difference.
Look for Kentucky to earn a hard-fought 35-27 victory.