KENTUCKY over Missouri by 17
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.