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Kentucky back in familiar territory as underdog this week against Missouri

Kash Daniel (56) will be trying to slow down the Missouri offense Saturday. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Thank goodness the Las Vegas oddsmakers got back on the Kentucky bandwagon this week and made the Cats a 7-point underdog against Missouri Saturday.

Say what?

Remember UK was an underdog against Florida, Mississippi State and South Carolina. Kentucky won all three games.

Against Vanderbilt, Kentucky was the favorite and struggled before winning 14-7 last week.

So having Vegas have no confidence in No. 12 Kentucky winning at Missouri after it has already won at Florida puts a needed chip back on the Cats’ shoulders.

Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com offers his best bets for each week’s college games. This week he has Kentucky has his upset of the week — remember Kentucky is the underdog.

Here’s what he wrote:

Kentucky at Missouri (-7): “Yes, that’s No. 12 Kentucky as a touchdown underdog at unranked Missouri. I like Mizzou, especially offensively, but Kentucky has already won at a tougher place this season. Their styles are different. The Tigers will try to fly while the Wildcats grind. The team that dictates style will win, and it’s easier to do that with a solid running game and defense. Pick: Kentucky (+7)”

However, Ben Kercheval of CBSSports.com picks Kentucky to beat the spread but has Missouri as his straight up pick — which again should be a good sign for Kentucky based on how UK has defied the odds this season.

Here’s what he wrote:

Pick: “The knock on Missouri is that it can’t win the big game. And, indeed, the Tigers haven’t won against a top-25 team since 2014. But while Kentucky’s defense is legit, so is quarterback Drew Lock. He’s a difference-maker here and Missouri gets a win against a one-sided team.”

 

 

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  1. IMO, the reason UK is not favored more as a ranked team is their offense is ranked 96th or something in the nation last I saw. The talking heads and experts don’t think UK can score. They are one dimensional. UK keeps proving them wrong with a stout defense.

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