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What the Hell has Happened Against Mizzou?

Shane Keyser | The Kansas City Star

Shane Keyser | The Kansas City Star

Shane Keyser | The Kansas City Star

When Missouri and Texas A&M joined the SEC four years ago, it was a relief for many to discover Missouri would be Kentucky’s regular eastern division foe.  Unlike A&M, Mizzou wasn’t flashy and appeared to be a beatable foe, year in and year out.

For the last three years, the Cats entered the game with a perceived chance to win.  What has happened can be described as nothing short of a complete dumpster fire.  Arguably the worst performance of each season, Mizzou games have been unbearable to watch.  As a matter of fact, I didn’t watch the second half last year.  It hurt my eyes too much.

So what goes wrong every time Kentucky plays Missouri?  I think we can all admit that Missouri is always better than we think they are, but the best way to examine what went wrong is by looking at the stats.

Kentucky and Missouri’s Last Three Games

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Even though Mizzou is beating UK in nearly every category, there are two categories that really stick out: first downs and 3rd down conversions.  Kentucky’s best day on 3rd down against Mizzou was 33%, whereas Mizzou has never converted less than 50% of their 3rd downs against Kentucky.

On the KSR podcast, Freddie Maggard spoke in detail about how Missouri makes you play ugly football.  They take advantage of every opportunity presented while limiting their opponent’s opportunities for big plays.  They’ve made every game against UK an ugly one, and the Wildcats weren’t talented or experienced enough to overcome.

For Kentucky to win on Saturday, they must get positive yards on first down to prevent from playing behind the chains.  They have an elite secondary and a pass rush that will pin their ears back on passing situations and force Patrick Towles to make quick, erratic decisions.

The Cats must make routine plays and find an offensive rhythm early to open the door for big play opportunities, something the nation’s #4 defense doesn’t give up often.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

20 Comments for What the Hell has Happened Against Mizzou?

  1. woolycat
    4:16 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

    To answer the question “what has happen?”… Mizzou has had the best 3 years in their program while we’ve been building up from the Joker years. In the future the series will likely even back out. Hopefully we continue to build like we have been and Kentucky can take the series lead.

    • Detours
      11:35 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Keep blaming it on Joker and start posting under your real name Stoops.

    • Ha!
      12:11 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

      Louisville is 0-3, Detours. How funny is that, huh? LMAO

  2. Buck Naked
    4:19 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

    I hope I don’t see that same headline on Sunday morning!

  3. corey sears
    4:27 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

    Is it just me or have all of our previous game against them been day games. Not that it makes a difference, but maybe a little more energy from the fans and team with a night game. I just recall each of the past 3 games against them a mid-day snoozfest

  4. Mc
    4:44 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

    Missouri has been pretty good honestly for about the past decade under Pinkel. Then they got an uptick in recruiting for joining the SEC. Not nearly as big as A&M got recruiting in Texas though.

    Pinkel has a pretty good system and has had some success getting quarterbacks that fit into his system especially Chase Daniel.

    Hopefully Towles can fit into the system UK is trying to run. This offense requires quick reads and the ability to get rid of the ball quickly and accurately. Doing this will keep linebackers on their heels. The blocking scheme forces D-ends to have an extra step or two to make to get to the QB which should give a small amount of time extra to get rid of the ball. The key is in the quick release and especially the accuracy and ability to read the defense. If there’s nothing there he should have the ability to run-doesn’t need to be great but to win the down and distance battle.

  5. jason M.
    5:29 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

    we will not win against that kind of defense w/ towles at QB

  6. I’m honestly surprised the stats are that close. It looks like if we have a run game we have a good shot.

    #1 is right, it’s not like we’re the only team that lost to Mizzou.

  7. Elmer Skaggs
    5:33 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

    Missouri is good, Kentucky is ain’t no good. That is what happend, Einstein

    • Ha!
      6:05 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      0-3, fucc boi. Your parents failed you.

    • Dude
      6:06 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Spoken like a true Louisville fan, Elmer. 😉

    • novalsi
      6:49 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Ha!, you’re on the internet calling people “fucc boi.” I don’t think you should start casting stones about the failings of parents.

    • Ha!
      7:11 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      I agree, novalsi, and I can assure you, I don’t use this term in daily speech. However, I do feel it’s a fitting descriptor for our resident loser, Elmer Skaggs.

    • Jonathan Miller
      7:30 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Elmer and Ha! should sit fot a game of poker

    • Elmer Skaggs
      9:36 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      I’ve got four dollars. Almost five…

    • Detours
      11:50 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Elmer is the only one here that makes any sense. The only team UK can compare itself to is UL and that’s one lofty goal. Better worry about your own house and if you do make a bowl game (which I doubt very seriously), what does it matter considering the quality it will be. UK would play the Toilet Bowl and feel a sense of pride in that and lose like they have in the last two bowl games they did make Ha!…. and all the other posting names he uses is just typical of most UK fans and just like Coach Stoopid…..talks tough but has nothing to back it up (just another WildGnat). Mizzou will prove that tomorrow so brace yourselves….you’re about to be OWNED again. GO TIGERS !!!

  8. The Rest of the story
    5:51 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

    The Cats for the last 3 years has lacked a defense of any kind. This year the defense can be said is the only reason the Cats are 2-1. Towles has got to be an SEC quarterback for the rest of the year as so far he has been a poor OVC type. Cats offense played a half a game in the first two then played none in the loss last week. Without vast improvement this week it will be a long season ahead.

  9. Rise
    7:17 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t understand why KSR and the nation for that matter disrespects Mizzou. People act like they have always sucked and couldn’t compete in the SEC. They have been relevant for the past decade. I use to live in Columbia and have attnended several of their games. They are a legit team and have been for some time. UK has always struggled against spread offenses with athletic QB’s. I really hope UK gets the win but I see the defense struggling. Huge game tomorrow, probably most important of season for bowl egilbility. GO CATS!

    • Detours
      11:40 pm September 25, 2015 Permalink

      Kentucky seems to think the SEC is the only conference. UK couldn’t win in any conference to be completely honest let alone the Big 12 or Big 10. So you all just keep comparing your W’s to UL and see what that will get you. You really need to place higher and loftier goals upon yourselves. GO TIGERS!!!

    • Ha!
      12:12 am September 26, 2015 Permalink

      Louisville couldn’t win the AAC, and its not looking any better in the ACC. And they are WAY easier than the SEC. LOL