KEN­TUCKY over Mis­souri by 17

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

Wild­cats emp­tied many a fan’s pocket last week by play­ing down to East­ern Michi­gan’s level (UK closed -14), barely es­cap­ing with a 24-20 win de­spite be­ing out­stat­ted by the Ea­gles, 312-228. How­ever, we can for­give Mark Stoops and his troops for play­ing with a se­vere hang­over against EMU after suf­fer­ing a gut-wrench­ing loss to Florida (doesn’t every­body?) the pre­vi­ous week. What we can’t fig­ure out is why the open­ing line in this con­test has moved 4 points in Mis­souri’s di­rec­tion, not when the Tigers rank dead last in Time Of Pos­ses­sion this sea­son be­hind San Jose State and Ne­vada – and are be­ing out­yarded 118 YPG in FBS games this sea­son. Miz­zou is also tak­ing to the road for the first time this year fol­low­ing a 4-game sea­son-open­ing home stand, not good news con­sid­er­ing the Columbia Cats are 0-5 ATS un­der 2nd-year HC Barry Odom. Ken­tucky coun­ters with a 6-0 ATS mark as con­fer­ence home fa­vorites off a win and if the Wild­cats con­tinue to get solid play out of QB Stephen John­son (65% com­ple­tions with a 7-1 TD-INT ra­tio), they should ride a stingy 18.8 PPG de­fense straight to the pay win­dow.

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