The Missouri Tigers (5-2) travel to Lexington this weekend for an SEC East clash with the Kentucky Wildcats (3-4). Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM EST on October 26th at Kroger Field and the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
Taking a look at the Week 9 college football odds, Kentucky opened as a 10.5-point home underdog earlier this week. The spread has shifted downwards by half a point after early betting, as the Wildcats are currently listed at +10. The total for the game is sitting at 47 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Kentucky vs Missouri
Missouri had their five game winning streak come to a close last weekend, falling 21-14 on the road against Vanderbilt to drop to 5-2 on the season overall. The Tigers were behind 14-7 at the half and never recovered, scoring just a single touchdown the rest of the way. QB Kelly Bryant went 13/26 for 140 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while also leading the way on the ground with 16 carries for 72 rushing yards. Kam Scott chipped in with two catches for 69 receiving yards but it was Albert Okwuegbunam who scored the only receiving touchdown for the offense. As a whole, Missouri gained just under 300 total yards and scored two touchdowns in the disappointing loss.
The Tigers had a below average outing on the other side of the ball against Vanderbilt, surrendering over 300 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. Missouri had no answer for Commodores RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn on the ground, as he racked up 176 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns.
Kentucky has now lost four out of their last five games after a tough 21-0 road loss against #10 overall Georgia last weekend. The Wildcats found hard but couldn’t find a way to get anything going offensively against a rock-solid Bulldogs defense. QB Lynn Bowden really struggled through the air, going just 2/15 for 17 passing yards. However, he did lead the way on the ground with 99 rushing yards on a team-high 17 carries. Overall, Kentucky generated under 200 total yards of offense and failed to register even a single point en route to their fourth loss of the season.
The Wildcats were pretty solid defensively against Georgia, holding the Bulldogs to just three touchdowns on well under 300 total yards of offense. Kentucky was especially strong defending against the pass, as they only allowed QB Jake Fromm to throw for 35 yards all game.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: UNDER 47
I don’t really have a strong lean either way against the spread in this particular spot, as Kentucky has been quite solid defensively but has only scored 44 total points over their last four games combined. Missouri is certainly averaging more points per game, but they haven’t exactly had the most difficult schedule up to this point of the season either. As things sit right now, I think the UNDER on 47 total points scored is the optimal play in this matchup. The Tigers have put up a lot of points when playing below average opposition, but this road game against an elite defensive team will certainly be a stern test here in Week 9.
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These two SEC East rivals have been involved in plenty of low scoring games over their last several meetings, as the total has gone UNDER in four out of their last five matchups. The UNDER has also come through in five out of Missouri’s last six games overall. On the other side, the UNDER has also hit in four out of Kentucky’s last five games overall and in five straight games that the Wildcats have played in the month of October as well. I’m going to avoid both schools against what looks to be a pretty efficient spread in favor of the UNDER on 47 total points scored on Saturday night.