Game time: 12 p.m. ET
TV: SEC Network
What to Look For:
Can Kentucky go bowling?
One storyline rises above all else this weekend: Can Kentucky shake off its demons from the past few seasons and finally make a bowl game?
Now, a win over Mizzou this Saturday doesn’t technically get them that sixth win, but seeing as the Wildcats have an impending matchup with Austin Peay, it all but guarantees they’ll be bowling.
Despite their dismal performance against Middle Tennessee State last week, the Missouri Tigers will not be an easy team for Kentucky to beat. In fact, Mizzou has been favored by oddsmakers all week long (they’re -5.5 at the time of writing this). The Tigers may not be too impressive, but they’re a decent squad playing against a Kentucky team that isn’t very keen on winning road games in the Southeastern Conference. As far as I’m concerned, this game is a toss-up.
How will Mizzou’s defense look?
Coming into Saturday’s game, it was clear that Mizzou’s defense is below average when it comes to allowing yards, points, and other things that you don’t want the opponent to have a lot of if you’re trying to win football games. Add to that the fact that two key defensive players for the Tigers (Michael Scherer and Terry Beckner, Jr.) were injured in the loss to Middle Tennessee, and one begins to wonder just how this Mizzou defense will look against a Kentucky team that had no trouble scoring against Mississippi State last weekend.
Will Mizzou get an SEC win this year?
2016 hasn’t been kind to those in Columbia because, as it currently stands, the Tigers are maintaining a firm hold on last place in the SEC East. Fortunately for Mizzou, the next three games are against some of the East’s weaker teams (Kentucky, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt). If the Tigers are intent on leaving the cellar of the SEC, then they’re going to need to pick up a win or two in this crucial three-week span.