Dr. Mike and his family are in Disney World this weekend, but you know they’ll be glued to a TV or smartphone to see if Kentucky beats Missouri. To get them ready for the Cats vs. the Tigers, here’s a roundup of national media picks.
The Wildcats are touchdown underdogs on the road despite just one loss and legitimate SEC East title hopes. Why? Probably because Tigers quarterback Drew Lock is a monster, and the Wildcats have been one-dimensional with running back Benny Snell shouldering the load. But the real star of the Bluegrass State is linebacker Josh Allen. Allen and the rest of the Wildcats defense will pay rent in the backfield, force Lock to make mistakes and Snell will take it from there. Give me Kentucky outright. Pick: Kentucky (+7)
There isn’t much faith in Kentucky to keep its Cinderella season rolling against Missouri, which rolled up 66 points in a victory against Memphis last week. The Wildcats, however, have won the last three meetings and have more to play for than the Tigers at this point in the season. We’re sticking with Benny Snell in a big spot. Kentucky wins 35-34 in an UPSET.
Jeez, what does the No. 12 team in the country have to do to gain a little respect? … Missouri may only be 4-3, but Drew Lock and the Tigers have shown they can rack up points against anyone but Alabama. They also have a respectable rushing defense (No. 34 nationally) that Wildcats star Benny Snell might not be able to run over. So, this might not be Kentucky’s day. Missouri 35, Kentucky 30
Kentucky didn’t blow out Vandy last week, but the ’Cats did rush for almost 300 yards. I think they can do damage against the Tigers’ defense. The flip side is the ’Cats haven’t faced a QB anywhere near as good as Drew Lock. Kentucky 24, Missouri 20
Scott Van Pelt: Missouri
— Alex Moore (@me15nsa) October 26, 2018
“I just think Kentucky’s got a special thing about them this year. So, despite all the numbers and they’re not throwing the ball well, I just think defensively, they’ll find a way to get pressure. I think the secondary can match up athletically with the Missouri receivers. I’m going to give Kentucky the nod to go on the road and get it done. I think they will.”