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You’d have to be a Moron to look past Missouri

Danny Medley | USA Today

Saturday Kentucky will seek to go 7-1 against Missouri to remain atop the SEC East standings.  While many fans are focused on the November 3 matchup with Georgia at Kroger Field, Mark Stoops will not let his team look past the Tigers.

“I think you’d have to be a moron to not realize the threat you’re going to go up against with Missouri. They’re a very good football team, who I have a lot of respect for, and I really think Barry (Odom) has done a great job,” Stoops said at yesterday’s press conference.

Missouri is 0-3 in SEC play.  It’s an objectively bad record, but two losses were to Georgia and Alabama.  The other happened in a monsoon at South Carolina.

“They play hard, they play tough, they’re motivated and they’re hungry. That’s a very good football team and so it should not be hard to have all our attention with everybody within our building,” Stoops said.

Averaging 38.6 points per game, Missouri has the SEC’s No. 3 scoring offense.  Led by quarterback Drew Lock, the senior is Mel Kiper’s No. 2 quarterback prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft.

“He sees the field, gets rid of the ball so quick, has such a strong arm,” Stoops said. “He’s a very good football player.”

Last year the Tigers scored 34 points, 20 in the second half, at Kroger Field.  Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was replaced by former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley.  Stoops does not see significant differences in Missouri’s offense, although his attention is directed more toward their running game, not Lock’s passing attack.

“You better be very, very conscious of their running game because they put a lot of pressure on you with their running game and their backs are very, very talented and that sets up their RPO game and gives them some space to throw the football. So, I felt that way a year ago and I certainly feel that way right now, that they’re more physical than people give them credit for.

“They’re really talented and run the ball and it puts a lot of pressure on your secondary. And once again you’ve heard me talk about that many times when you’re defending somebody if they have balance it puts a lot of stress on you because you have to play with numbers in the running game, which gives them opportunity for big plays in the pass game. They have the ability with the quarterback and the talent that he has, and the speed that they have, to put a lot of pressure on you.”

If Georgia beats Florida this Saturday, Kentucky could still win the East if they fall this Saturday in Columbia.  The Cats would have to defeat Georgia and Tennessee to wrap up SEC play.  Even so, the Cats aren’t sleeping on what the Tigers will bring to the table.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

28 Comments for You’d have to be a Moron to look past Missouri

  1. Ridge Runner
    2:16 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    I certainly hope the team doesn’t look past them.. They have to get engaged and into the game for sure.

  2. TreyTingle
    2:27 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    The Cats have to get some production through the air. I’m 100% confident in our defense. But Missouri has the #115 pass D in the country you gotta take advantage of that. Otherwise we are looking at another sluggish game on the offensive side of the ball.

  3. dismore
    2:51 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Eddie will cost us this one.

    • ukkatzfan
      2:54 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Are you the father of a different coach trying to start a coaching controversy like Pappa June Ball Hoake ?

    • dismore
      4:47 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Just a fan. But if Eddie calls plays like the last three weeks we will not score enough to beat Mizzou. My only point.

  4. CombatMedic_98
    2:59 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Well they have THREE QB’s that CAN throw sitting on the bench and one Lynn Bowden with 1 year under his belt that can throw better than TURNOVER TERRY…do something Coach Stoops or we will lose by our own accords and knew better!

    • Iamheasyouarehe
      4:50 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Besides being an idiot you’re a [email protected] child. What have you done for UK besides complain?

    • CombatMedic_98
      8:42 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Turd #1

    • cats646
      7:28 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      That’s all he has brought to the table iam. He’s pathetic.

    • CombatMedic_98
      8:42 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Turd #2

    • Blue Bill
      7:59 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Do you just copy and paste the same shit Schoolyard Nurse? Every post is the damn same. Think up
      Something new. I know it’s hard with your IQ level, but try real hard.

    • CombatMedic_98
      8:42 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Wanna be Turd #1

    • Blue Bill
      8:02 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      He’s been busy taking care of his man crush Gunnar.

    • Skooms
      8:06 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah I just can’t believe he’s not coaching an FBS program. His obvious knowledge and insight is second to none. I really wish Stoops would read these boards because I’m sure he’d fire Gran in a hearbeat to have “Combat” cough cough Medic take his place. And yes I’m all for giving Hoak a shot, but you’re still a “Combat” idiot! Lol

    • CombatMedic_98
      8:43 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Anddddd TERRIFIED TERRY will be replaced after this Saturday’s performance

    • cats646
      9:45 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Combatmedic do you not realize that your repetitive ignorance on this site has caused everyone to hate you? You have forever lost any kind of credit you had. No one will take anything you put on here serious, ever. A real Combatmedic would be smart enough to know when to stfu. So I, like everyone else know that you are not a Combatmedic. False valor at its finest. Smh.

  5. Mathlete
    3:02 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Our run defense will be tested, they’re averaging almost 5 yards per carry on the season including games against elite backs and o lines like Georgia and Bama.

    • Mathlete
      3:25 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Haha editing is hard… They’re giving up 3.7 ypc against those elite backs

  6. Parker_UKFanNC
    3:38 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Their defense sucks our defense is legit.

  7. jorgepancho
    3:43 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    To say Mizzou ranks highly in the SEC in scoring is more than a little bit ridiculous. The Tigers have only played 3 SEC games, with mixed results. Bama held them to 10, but that was the only SEC game in which Lock has thrown a TD. Even against common opponent South Carolina, Lock had 0 TDs, 2 INTs, and only 204 yards passing. Mizzou did manage to score in the 30’s, but not quite their season average. Kentucky has held every SEC team it has faced to less than half of its season scoring average – in regulation. A&M did get relatively close to the 31.4 ppg they are averaging, thanks to 6 OT points. But Mullen’s Florida offense was 18 points shy of its 34.4 ppg vs. UK. Even Vandy is averaging 23.7, and got 10 more at Notre Dame than allowed by UK. Then there’s the Mizzou defense, or lack thereof. This will be the easiest SEC defense UK has seen yet. Kentucky will dominate the line on both sides of the ball. They simply need not mistakes to win comfortably, 28-13.

  8. michaelb
    3:54 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    lol I love these 20+ point predictions . Guys we’re not going over 20 ever again .

    • jorgepancho
      4:08 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      What part of Stoops’ declaration of using “several QBs” don’t you understand? Mizzou gives up points to everybody. UK can score when it does throw the ball. Whether it’s Hoak or Clark, or even Wilson, there will be passes thrown and completed. And UK will again score what it did against SC, FL, and State.

    • michaelb
      9:15 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Lol you guys crack me up . I’ve got more fb experience & im a professional gambler

  9. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    4:24 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Where are all these fans looking past Mizzou?

  10. UKfanman01
    6:08 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    I was an moron for looking past Vandy. I figured our offensive coordinator and QB would surely be able to handle arguably the worst, or second worst, SEC team

  11. BigolBlue
    10:36 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    This game could get ugly

  12. michaelb
    11:04 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    I love the ksr football podcast . Good job guys