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Scouting Mizzou: An SEC Win in Sight?

Marcus Murphy socres one of his 4 return TDs of the year against Southeastern Louisiana.

Coming off a bye week, Mizzou will look to get its first win against an SEC opponent since joining the conference as they host the Wildcats on their 101st Homecoming. Mizzou has struggled so far in their new conference and will be playing without their dual-threat starting QB James Franklin. The most even matchup Kentucky has had in the SEC so far, the only thing keeping me from easily picking the Cats to win is the fact that it is a road game on Homecoming.

Marcus Murphy socres one of his 4 return TDs of the year against Southeastern Louisiana.

 

Offense

As expected, RS FR Corbin Berkstresser struggled in his first start against Alabama replacing James Franklin at QB. Berkstresser threw 2 interceptions in the rainy game while only completing 41% of his passes.  The Wildcats secondary unit can finally take a breath after facing elite passing offenses the past 3 weeks.

The Tigers will be attempting to do what UK did well last week: control time of possession by establishing a running game, while simultaneously taking pressure off of an inexperienced QB. The featured back SR Kendial Lawrence is averaging 5.5 yards per carry (considering he only had 39 yards against Alabama, that’s a great average) while leading the team in rushing. He splits time with the athletic SO Marcus Murphy. Murphy does a little bit of everything for the Tigers and is most efficient in the return game with 4 total return TDs on the year. Normally I’d be worried, but Landon Foster and the punt team have successfully neutralized the opposing teams’ special teams unit each week.

 

Bottom Line: The UK defense should be foaming at the mouth to get a shot at the unproven Mizzou QB. Last week they showed us that they can effectively stop the run and get pressure on the QB. If they can force 2 turnovers or more, Kentucky should be able to get the W.

Sheldon Richardson has the 2nd most tackles by a defensive lineman in the SEC.

 

Defense

Most top tacklers on a team come from the linebacking or secondary core, however DT Sheldon Richardson leads the Tiger defense with 52 tackles on the year. He leads a defense that is 4th in the nation in tackles for loss with 8.4 a game. Their high pressure defense will not back off against Kentucky. We all hate screens and draws, but both will be effective against a defense that quickly gets into the backfield.

JR CB EJ Gaines is their most athletic defender in the secondary. His sophomore campaign earned him All-Big 12 honors (we know how many great defenders there are in the Big 12) and has carried it over to this season as the SEC’s 7th best pass blocker. Expect to see #31 not only defending WRs, but making plays in the backfield.

 

Bottom Line: Kentucky’s offense excelled for the first under backup QBs last week. The exceptional running game caught UGA off guard last Saturday. If the Cats can maintain a presence in the running game and keep pressure off of the QB we could very well see a first win in the SEC. My score is UK with the win 27-24.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

23 Comments for Scouting Mizzou: An SEC Win in Sight?



  1. Rixter
    5:04 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing keeping me from easily picking the Cats to win is the fact that WE SUCK



  2. Rixter
    5:05 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing keeping me from easily picking the Cats to win is the fact that WE LOST TO WESTERN KENTUCKY – at home



  3. Rixter
    5:07 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing keeping me from easily picking the Cats to win is the fact that we are coached by Joker Phillips.



  4. Rixter
    5:07 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I could do this all night.



  5. JG
    5:14 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Easy win because this team can just show up and get a win… as their record shows



  6. Dave in Bangkok
    5:16 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’m looking for a blow out. Joker will pull his same old bullshit and people will pull out the same old tired excuses.

    kentucky football sux



  7. aintnowayhozaay
    5:24 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    nope… same ol same..



  8. Yngvie Maumsteen.
    5:26 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Mizzou 31-9.



  9. facts
    5:43 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    We gonna get whooped! Honestly….I stopped reading after “The only thing keeping me from easily picking the Cats….” because that phrase tells me that the author has obviously not seen us play this year.



  10. JOhn Wall
    5:56 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    We go this! GO CATS! screw yall



  11. Douchbagerey
    5:57 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing keeping me for easily pickin uk to win hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahha



  12. kramer
    5:58 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    If we lose, no matter the score we need to call Petrino!



  13. Nick Roush
    5:59 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I am proud member of the Sunshine Pump Club. No way in hell this team wins two more games.



  14. No. 8
    6:25 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    It’s Yngwie Malmsteen



  15. Danielle Manning
    6:39 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Is it weird that I’m already starting to hate Missouri?



  16. bigbluelou
    6:41 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    UK is NOT going to win this game. Whoever wrote this is either Jokers mama or has completely overdosed on the Big Blue Kool-aid!!!



  17. yeahright
    6:49 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Joker isn’t going getting his first SEC road win



  18. westerncat
    7:09 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    As I have said before, UK will not win another game this year! GET RID OF JOKER



  19. Mkalge
    7:31 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Quit smoking them lefthanded cigarettes. The cats did play well last week, but UGA defense was pitiful. Our defense will make this backup QB look like a heisman canidate; and I honestly don’t think we will stop their running game either.



  20. Yngvie Malmsteen.
    8:13 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Fixed



  21. BLUE BLY
    8:57 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t even know why we bother with football….F’n joke!!!



  22. JokerTheChoker
    10:07 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Can I pass out the weed to my players this CLOWN who wrote this POS is smoking?????
    That way the azz kicking we are about to endure won’t hurt so bad…..



  23. Wet wipes
    6:56 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Come on nick. You know kentucky winning a football game is too good to be true.