Kentucky football will host Missouri under the lights Saturday night in a pivotal Southeastern Conference tilt and here’s all the key info on injuries, betting, how to watch, and more.
This game features Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and his troops making their case for the chase of the upper layer of teams in the SEC East.
Over on the other sideline, Eli Drinkwitz gets the talk of the next hot coach who also wants his Tigers back to where they once were.
Who is left standing and with more points on the scoreboard can stake their claim to this in the opening conference game for both squads.
It is going to be electric and rocking at Kroger Field and Mark Stoops wants every inch of Commonwealth Stadium packed and loud.
That will be decided between assistant coaches who also know each other well in first-year Kentucky offensive coordinator Liam Coen matching wits with Mizzou defensive coordinator Steve Wilks
The two squared off in the NFL the past few seasons when Coen was an assistant with the Los Angeles Rams and Wilks was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018. He then was the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns the following year.
Coen is 3-0 in those meetings, but Wilks will bring lots of pressure trying to change that.
Kentucky football vs Missouri Injury report
Kentucky appears to be healthy after last week’s game against Louisiana-Monroe with no changes from Stoops during his Monday press conference.
Meanwhile, Mizzou is still nursing some especially at wide receiver where four players have some form of injury that doesn’t actually rule them out after Thursday’s announcement.
Wide Receivers Boo Smith and Mookie Cooper are both listed as probable, as is Right Guard Case Cook.
Smith hauled in a 63-yard reception on the first play from scrimmage last week against Central Michigan; Cooper, who transferred from Ohio State, is still nursing a foot injury and had just four catches for just12 yards. Team captain Case Cook anchors on the right side of the offensive line.
Wide Receiver Barrett Banister and Defensive Back Kris Abrams-Draine currently are tagged as questionable.
Junior College transfer Defensive Lineman Ben Key is listed as doubtful, while wide receiver Jay Maclin and Defensive Lineman Cannon York are both listed as out.
Kentucky football vs Missouri Odds and Betting Pick Week 2
WynnBET’s Week 2 odds have Kentucky football favored by 5.5 points against the Tigers on Saturday night. The matchup also has an over/under of 56. The Moneyline has Kentucky -215 while Missouri sits at +170.
This game will be a chess match between Coen and Wilks. I expect Coen to really feature Christopher Rodriguez Jr. more this week and look to Wan’Dale Robinson in the open field for more catch and run big plays. Every option is on the table including tightened that should get some targets as well. If Josh Ali gets loose again it could be a long night for the Mizzou secondary.
If quarterback Will Levis has time to throw he can pick apart the Tiger defense that game up 465 yards of offense last week. The Big Blue Wall needs to protect him.
Mizzou quarterback Conor Bazelak is also very talented and will test the Wildcat defense who must not give up the big plays. Brad White was not enthused with his defense last week and watch for him to dial up more blitzes.
I’ll stick with my 35-27 prediction as the lines haven’t moved but if these Missouri injuries are significant the Wildcats may have a much easier time. Either way, it will be an electric atmosphere.
What Channel is the Kentucky Football Game On Week 2
The Kentucky game today will be broadcast on the SEC Network at 7:30 p.m. EST Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang will have the call again this week.
Kentucky versus Missouri Live Stream
Today’s Kentucky game can be streamed live on Fubo TV.
Kentucky’s Next Game and Schedule
Kentucky’s next game will be in Week 3 on Saturday, September 18 at home against Chattanooga. Here’s a look at their schedule for the next four weeks:
Week 3: vs Chattanooga
Week 4: @ South Carolina
Week 5: vs Florida
Week 6: vs LSU