After a shaky game against Eastern Michigan, Kentucky now turns its attention to Missouri. The Tigers are 1-3 (0-2 SEC) and are coming off of a bye week. Missouri’s lone victory came in week one with a 73-42 win over Missouri State. Since that point, they have been out scored by opponents 117-30. Here’s my three keys to get the victory this Saturday.
1. Don’t let the Offense get Hot
Has Missouri’s offense looked great this year, no. However it is important that the Wildcats defense doesn’t let Drew Lock and the Missouri offense get confident early. Drew Lock is currently 2nd in the SEC averaging 279 YPG through the air, J’Mon Moore is currently 4th in the SEC averaging 78 recieving YPG, and Damarea Crockett is currently 4th in the SEC averaging 93.8 rushing YPG. These stats show that Missouri has the potential to get hot on offense and it’s cruicial that the Cats don’t let them get going. As long as we can contain the offense like most teams have been able to do, we should be in position to win.
2. RUN THE BALL
Recently people have been wanting to see Kentucky air it out more but in this game, it’s key that we get the ground and pound going. Last year in this matchup, Benny Snell had 192 yards and 2 touchdowns on 38 carries. The Cats should have a similar game plan against Missouri as the Tigers defense is still one of the worst out there. Lynn Bowden should also get some more touches in this game out of the Wildcat and it could be very explosive. Ground and pound has been what Eddie Gran wants to do this year and this may be the most success he’ll have with it.
3. Don’t beat Yourselves
For the past two weeks, Kentucky almost beat themselves twice. Against Florida, Kentucky beat themselves (two players wide open) and against Eastern Michigan, Kentucky almost beat themselves (O-Line not playing physical). Kentucky is an overall better team than Missouri and should win. The Cats need to make sure not to put themselves in a bad situation. If Kentucky can prevent this from happening, the Cats should be in good shape.
If Kentucky can do all three things above, BBN should be happy Saturday night. Kentucky is aiming for another sellout so if you haven’t already, get your tickets at ukfootballtix.com and be there to support the team! The game is set to kickoff at 7:30 pm ET at Kroger Field. If you can’t make it to the game, it will be televised on the SEC Network. Let’s make this a great environment for the team!
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