Missouri-Kentucky Preview Capsule

Missouri-Kentucky Preview Capsule

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COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 2: Braylon Webb #9 of the Missouri Tigers runs back to the bench after intercepting an overthrown pass at the one yard line against the Tennessee Volunteers in the third quarter on November 2, 2013 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

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by AP

KMOV.com

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

No. 9 Missouri (8-1, 4-1 SEC) at Kentucky (2-6, 0-4), noon (ESPNU)

Line: Missouri by 14 1/2.

Series record: Kentucky leads, 2-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Tigers look to stay atop the SEC East with their second straight victory and improve their No. 8 BCS standing. Kentucky is coming off a 48-14 victory over FCS Alabama State but seeks to end a 12-game conference losing streak.

KEY MATCHUP

Missouri's offensive line vs. Kentucky's front seven. The Tigers are coming off a 339-yard rushing performance against Tennessee and didn't allow a sack. They will face a Wildcats defense that runs different looks from a base 4-3 set and enters with their pass rush on a roll: DEs Bud Dupree and Za'Darius Smith have 5.5 sacks each. While Kentucky could do nothing to stop Alabama from rushing for 299 yards four weeks ago, keeping three other opponents under 180 yards is a sign of improvement.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Missouri: QB Maty Mauk improved to 2-1 in relief of injured senior James Franklin with a Franklin-like performance in last week's win over Tennessee. The redshirt freshman threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 114 yards on 13 carries, becoming the first Tigers QB to pass and run for 100 yards in a game since Franklin did it against North Carolina in 2011. Franklin (shoulder) might be healthy enough to play.

Kentucky: Freshman RB JoJo Kemp continues to show the hard-charging style the Wildcats need to balance their Air Raid passing game. He leads the team with 390 yards and is averaging 5.4 per carry.

FACTS & FIGURES

Missouri won last year's meeting 33-10 in the first game between the schools since 1968 in Lexington, Ky., a 12-6 Kentucky victory. ... Tigers coach Gary Pinkel needs three wins to tie Don Faurot (101) as the program's winningest coach. One more victory would give him his fourth nine-win campaign in 13 seasons at Mizzou. ... Kentucky's point total last week against Alabama State was its highest since 2010. ... Missouri will mark the Wildcats' fifth ranked opponent this season and their first since losing 48-7 to No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 12.

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