Kentucky Wildcats vs. Missouri Tigers Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 5th 2022

Stadium: Faurot Field Columbia
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Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz expects Kentucky to arrive eager to reestablish its standing at his team's expense.

After rolling toward a 4-0 start, the Wildcats (5-3, 2-3 SEC) have lost three of their last four games heading into Saturday's game in Columbia, Mo.

Kentucky is coming off an ugly 44-6 loss at Tennessee that kept it outside the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season.

"My anticipation is they're going play their best game of the year," Drinkwitz said. "They're going to want to atone for last week. I know they're all going to sit there and think that this is a game that they can come in and win and so it's going to be important for us to play our best game."

But Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is taking nothing for granted. The Tigers (4-4, 2-3) lost by three points in overtime at Auburn, by four points to Georgia and by seven points at Florida before beating Vanderbilt and upsetting South Carolina in their last two games.

"I give Coach Drink a lot of credit, because they had a brutal loss a few games back, with the Auburn game, where they were essentially an inch from winning the game," Stoops said. "The team could've went any which way, and they turn around and play an incredible game, play Georgia as good as anybody has played them and had a tough loss, and go to Florida and play incredibly well. You could take a few plays out of that one and they can win."

The Wildcats will be looking to get quarterback Will Levis back on track after he completed 16 of 27 passes for just 98 yards and three interceptions against Tennessee.

"It was tough," Stoops said. "I think when the game was starting to get away from us, he's forcing things. That's the competitor in him. That's human nature. We're trying to force, trying to make plays."

Kentucky is averaging just 112.6 yards per game on the ground this season, second-lowest in the SEC. But Chris Rodriguez Jr., La'Vell Wright, JuTahn McClain and Dee Beckwith combined for 130 yards rushing against Tennessee and Drinkwitz expects the Wildcats to prioritize the run.

"I think last year there was a stretch when they had 18 straight runs against us," Drinkwitz said. "So we know this is going to be a tough physical matchup and the trenches."

Missouri ranks second-to-last in the SEC with 210.8 passing yards per game. But quarterback Brady Cook passed for 224 yards and rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown against South Carolina.

His top target is Dominic Lovett, who caught 10 passes for 148 yards against the Gamecocks. Lead running back Cody Schrader had 113 yards from scrimmage in that game.

--Field Level Media

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Kentucky Wildcats
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Missouri Tigers

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Missouri Tigers

Missouri managed just 10 points on its first three trips inside the Kentucky 10-yard line, but the Tigers came out with a 20-10 win over the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in SEC action at Columbia, Mo.

Larry Rountree III ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns, Connor Bazelak completed 21 of 30 passes for 201 yards, and the Tigers' defense held Kentucky to 145 yards of total offense.

Missouri (2-2, 2-2 SEC) beat Kentucky (2-3, 2-3) for the first time since 2014 and ended a five-game Wildcats' winning streak in the series.

The Tigers dominated in time of possession with 43 minutes to Kentucky's 17, and gained 421 yards of total offense. The Wildcats passed for only 47 yards.

Joey Gatewood, a transfer from Auburn, led Kentucky's only scoring drive of the first half in the second quarter, temporarily replacing Terry Wilson. Matt Ruffulo hit from 50 yards for a field goal, making the score 7-3 after Rountree's first touchdown.

Missouri settled for a field goal before halftime after a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Then the Tigers opened the third quarter with a drive to the Kentucky 7-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.

Trailing 17-3 after Rountree's second score, the Wildcats put together a touchdown drive. Chris Rodriguez ran for 31 of his 48 rushing yards before Wilson connected with Josh Ali for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 13:14 to play in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats had a chance to tie when they took possession with 11:09 remaining in the game, but were forced to punt. Missouri took over and ran more than seven minutes off the clock, with Rountree and Bazelak mainly running the ball in the 15-play drive from the Tigers 38 yard-line to the Kentucky 1.

Harrison Mevis made a 20-yard field goal with 3:07 to play, and the Tigers recovered a fumble moments later to seal their victory.

Kentucky safety Yusuf Corker led all defensive players with 16 tackles, two for loss, and a sack.

--Field Level Media

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