The Missouri Tigers suffered their first loss of 2023 when the LSU Tigers came to town last week and won a barnburner, 49-39. While the Tigers do put up a lot of offense, they have had a hard time sustaining drives. They only convert 38% of their third downs, which ranks #78 in the nation. The team thrives more on chunk plays instead of sustained drives that chew up a lot of time off the clock, but it is those sustained drives that allow teams to turn late leads into wins by keeping the ball away from the opposition. Next up is a visit to Kentucky, and the Wildcats will have plenty of frustration to workout after seeing their own 5-0 start take a big hit at Georgia, as the Bulldogs delivered the home rout. Turning the page… here’s our betting preview for the Missouri vs Kentucky.
College Football Odds Missouri vs Kentucky: What can we expect from this SEC East clash? Don’t miss our NCAAF betting prediction.
When: Saturday, October 14, 2023, 7:30 pm ET
Where: Kroger Field, Lexington, KY
TV: SEC ESPN Network
Radio: No National Broadcast
Live Stream: ESPN+
NCAAF Odds: Kentucky -2.5 / O/U 52 // Kentucky -39 / Missouri +114
Why should you bet on the Missouri Tigers?
Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz, midway through his fourth season at the helm of the Wildcats, noted in his postgame press conference that “We knew what this game wa for us and didn’t get it done.” According to defensive end Darius Robinson, the locker room was “dead silent” in the aftermath of the loss. It is true that LSU boasts such elite players as quarterback Jayden Daniels and Malik Nabers, but simple mistakes on defense (as well as some defensive penalties) allowed LSU to take control of the game.
Missouri committed 11 penalties in the loss to LSU. One silver lining was the lack of turnovers. However, three of the five penalties that the Mizzou offense committed came before the snap, which comes down to coaching and preparation. If you like Missouri here, you see their high-octane offense putting up points on a Kentucky defense still reeling from the beating that Georgia delivered last week.
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Why should you put your money on the #24 Kentucky Wildcats?
Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops waded into the pool of national controversy after the loss to Georgia, indicating that Bulldogs boosters had “bought” themselves a nice team through funding of the NIL packages that would get key players in Athens. He then asked any “disgruntled” Kentucky fans to “pony up” into NIL collectives set up for athletes.
Georgia’s advantage in NIL funding didn’t lead to the penalties that Kentucky committed in the first half, as the game was out of hand quickly. The Bulldogs ran out to an early 21-0 lead, and right guard Jager Burton committed a pair of costly penalties – holding and a personal foul. Kentucky follows up their game with Missouri with tangles against #19 Tennessee, #14 Louisville, and #11 Alabama, which means that it might be possible for them to overlook Kentucky – a dreadful m mistake. Tailback Ray Davis, quarterback Devin Leary, and defensive back Maxwell Hairston all need to bounce back after a tough game against Georgia.
College Football Odds | Bet on the Kentucky Wildcats!
Missouri vs Kentucky Final Score and Prediction
Missouri has a 6-9 record against the spread in road games with Eli Drinkwater as the head coach. Kentucky has a 20-11-1 record agains the spread since the start of 2021 – the best record against the spread in the SEC. Their combination of talent and system makes them a difficult team to beat, especially at home. I predict a final score of Kentucky 30, Missouri 20.
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