Kentucky is riding high after the win at Tennessee, but the Missouri Tigers are coming off a bye and hungry for a win after losing five straight to the Cats. What is the national media saying about tomorrow’s game? It’s Friday, so here’s your roundup of predictions from across the interwebs.
CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee: Kentucky
Kentucky (-5) at Missouri: I’ll be honest … this line shocked me. Sure, Missouri has had two weeks to prepare for the Wildcats. But have you seen Kentucky’s defense? It’s next-level good. That will force this game to be an old-school slugfest, which plays right into UK’s hands. Its three-headed rushing attack will put a ton of pressure on the Tigers, and it hit a few big plays to pull away late for the win and cover. Pick: Kentucky (-5)
ESPN Football Power Index: Kentucky
ESPN’s betting gurus didn’t pick this game, but did suggest the Cats should be on upset alert.
• Should Kentucky be on upset alert at Missouri this week after upsetting Tennessee last week and hosting Georgia next week?
Odds Shark: Kentucky
- Predicted Score: Kentucky 40.5, Missouri 13.0
- Kentucky will win, cover (-5.5), and the total (47) will go over
Athlon Sports’ Antwan Staley: Kentucky
Kentucky could use another magical performance like what they had in Knoxville last weekend. While their defense had also performed well, they will also need their offense to play well against a Missouri team that can also put up points.
Missouri has struggled with ball security through this season, so this an area to keep an eye on. If the first few games are any indicator, this could be a deciding factor in Kentucky’s favor.
Missouri is coming off a week off, but the Wildcats defense will prove to be a challenge.
Prediction: Kentucky 31, Missouri 20
Each week, the Tennessean asks a panel of SEC writers to pick league games against the spread. Nine of the fourteen picked Kentucky to cover -6.
- Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun
- Eric Boynton, Spartanburg Herald-Journal
- Glenn Guilbeau, Daily Advertiser
- Jon Hale, Courier Journal
- Tyler Horka, The Clarion Ledger
- Brett Hudson, The Tuscaloosa News
- Adam Sparks, The Tennessean
- Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger
- Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel
Sports Illustrated Staff: Kentucky