Missouri is unquestionably the worst team in the SEC this year. Early conference results would say they are looking at 0-8 right in the face. I already said that it is time UK blasted an SEC opponent, something they haven’t done since 2003. But whether or not they blow out the Tigers, the Cats obviously have to win. Very few games in UK football are must wins, but this one certainly is.
With Mizzou being the worst team in the league, I wondered if UK, with all of its struggles, actually normally beats the worst team in the East Division. UK itself has been the worst team in the division 8 times since the 2-division split in 1992. For the other years, below are the results UK had against the team that ended up finishing last in the division:
(UK finished last in East Division in 1992, 1994, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012, and 2013)
1993: Vanderbilt (L, 12-7)
1995: Vanderbilt (L, 14-10)
1996: Vanderbilt (W, 25-0)
1997: Vanderbilt (W, 21-10)
1998: South Carolina (W, 33-28)
1999: South Carolina (W, 30-10)
2001: Vanderbilt (W, 56-30)
2002: Vanderbilt (W, 41-21)
2004: Vanderbilt (W, 14-13)
2006: Vanderbilt (W, 38-26)
2007: Vanderbilt (W, 27-20)
2009: Vanderbilt (W, 24-13)
2010: Vanderbilt (W, 38-20)
2011: Tennessee (W, 10-7)
2014: Vanderbilt (W, 17-7)
2015: South Carolina (W, 26-22)
2016: Missouri (W, 35-21)
A combined 15-2 record, including 7 wins on the road. Obviously Vanderbilt comprises many of these wins but recently the Cats have beaten Tennessee, South Carolina, and Missouri when they are down. And while I wouldn’t say that is the most impressive stat in the world, it does say that when a program that has struggled for wins at times faces a downtrodden opponent, they usually don’t blow that opportunity.
I just have a feeling on this game. I think UK dominates like we haven’t seen them do under Mark Stoops. I’m going UK 41, Mizzou 17.