A week after ending one streak, Kentucky is trying to extend a winning streak of its own. If the Wildcats hand Eli Drinkwitz’s Missouri football team a loss this afternoon (4 pm ET, SEC Network), it will be the sixth straight UK victory in the series after starting 0-3 against the SEC’s newest Tigers.
“We absolutely understand that it’s been awhile since we’ve beat these guys. I don’t think there’s anybody in our team room that’s beaten them while they wore a Mizzou jersey or shirt. Obviously, that gives us a little bit of extra motivation,” Drinkwitz said on Tuesday.
Stoops is avoiding all streak talk as he seeks his 47th win as Kentucky’s head coach. A win would move him into a tie with Fran Curci for second in school history, trailing only Bear Bryant. A victory would also push Stoops above .500; Bryant was the last UK coach to finish his career above .500. To reach this new milestone Stoops’ team will have to slow down one of his former recruits, Connor Bazelak.
Bazelak, a redshirt freshmen quarterback from Dayton, completely changed the outlook on Mizzou’s season when he entered into the lineup halfway through he second game of the season. He’s completed over 70 percent of his passes and averaged more than 10 yards per attempt. Bazelak was too little, too late to bring Mizzou back from a large deficit against Tennessee, but he did enough to will the Tigers pass the LSU Tigers the following week.
Originally scheduled to host Georgia, a COVID-19 rescheduling shuffle forced UK to make this road trip a week early. Will Mizzou be fresh off a bye or will Kentucky take its second half momentum from Tennessee to Columbia? We’ll find out this afternoon.
Vegas, TV, Radio
The Wildcats opened as 6.5-point favorites over Missouri, but all of the money is on the Tigers, pushing the number down to UK -3.5. Dating back to 2015 UK has been a road favorite in SEC play only twice, losing outright at Tennessee in 2018 and covering the spread at Vandy last season. Kentucky is 2-2 ATS spread this season, while Mizzou’s lone cover came in the opener against Alabama.
Mike Corey, Matt Stinchcomb and Dawn Davenport will be on the call for the SEC Network starting at 4 pm ET. If you can’t watch all of the action, you can hear the Voice of the Wildcats, Tom Leach, on a variety of platforms.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-385 and Sirius-136
- Online: iHeart Radio
Prepare with the KSR Pregame Show
The KSR crew is back at KSBar and Grille with Freddie Maggard, a man who fears a trap is waiting in Columbia. He’ll explain why he has a bad feeling in his gut about this game when the KSR Pregame Show begins at 1 pm ET. You don’t need to wait that long to hear Freddie break down the game. The Depth Chart Podcast is one of four podcasts in a loaded KSR lineup available to listen to RIGHT NOW.
- Free Money with Matt and Drew
- The KSR Football Podcast
- The Depth Chart Podcast with Freddie Maggard
- 11 Personnel
The Wildcats are going to be iced out in CoMo, rocking all white everything on the road for the first time this year.
College Football on TV
The Big Ten is back. It will start with a Nebraska shellacking by the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes and potentially end in the snow with Minnesota hosting Michigan. COVID-19 cancellations give us only four games on the SEC slate. The best of the best:
- Noon: Nebraska at #5 Ohio State on Fox
- Noon: Florida State at Louisville on WatchESPN
- Noon: #23 NC State at #14 North Carolina on ESPN
- Noon: Georgia Southern at #25 Coastal Carolina on ESPNU
- Noon: Auburn at Ole Miss on SEC Network
- Noon: Oklahoma at TCU on ABC
- 2:00: Tulane at UCF on ESPN2
- 3:30: #2 Alabama at Tennessee on CBS
- 3:30: #3 Notre Dame at Pitt on ABC
- 3:30: #17 Iowa State at #6 Oklahoma State on ESPN
- 7:00: South Carolina at LSU on ESPN
- 7:30: #18 Michigan at #21 Minnesota on ABC
- 9:00: #9 Cincinnati at #16 SMU on ESPN2
- 10:15: Texas State at #12 BYU on ESPN
Walker Buehler gets a World Series Win
The Lexington native pitched a gem in game three of the 2020 World Series. Buehler became the first pitcher in World Series history to record double-digit strikeouts in only six innings to propel LA to a 6-2 win over the Rays and build a 2-1 lead in the series. He surrendered one earned run on only three hits and one walk in the dominating performance. Tampa will try to even the series tonight at 8:08 pm ET on Fox.
Closing Day at Keeneland
It’s your final day to pick the ponies at Keeneland Race Course before the venue plays host to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in two weeks. I see winners in your future.
Weather Delays Across High School Football
The heavens opened up and storms rained down all across Kentucky, forcing many schools to postpone Friday’s games until Saturday, including Kroger’s KSR Game of the Week between Bardstown and E-Town, which will now be played tonight at 8 pm ET. A few games that did get played last night:
- Mayfield 21, Murray 20 OT
- Apollo 40, Daviess County 34
- Betsy Lane 18, Fairview 12
- Breckinridge County 20, Ohio County 19
- Cooper 48, Highlands 21
- Henderson County 21, McCracken County 14
- Monroe County 39, Warren Central 36
- Raceland 23, Paintsville 20
- Shelby County 27, Waggener 20 OT
- Frederick Douglass 29, Montgomery County 0