Three weeks into the college football season, some teams in the SEC appear to be contenders while others have struggled to keep up.
One of those teams that hasn’t looked great is two-time defending SEC East champion Missouri. The Tigers (3-0, 0-0 SEC) will travel on the road to face Kentucky (2-1, 1-1 SEC) on Saturday, and they could be in for an upset.
Yes, the No. 25-ranked Tigers are 3-0, but they trailed Arkansas State 17-10 at halftime in Week 2 and needed a late interception to beat UConn last week, 9-6.
Missouri was without star running back Russell Hansbrough, who could return this week, but managed just 270 yards of total offense in the win over UConn, and turned the ball over two times.
Kentucky comes off a 14-9 home loss to Florida, after beating South Carolina on the road for the first time in over five years the previous week.
Kentucky gave up zero passing yards in the first quarter against Florida, but the Wildcats’ quarterback Patrick Towles did not provide much help, throwing two interceptions on 8-of-24 passing. The Gators sacked Towles six times.
Both teams enter Saturday with significant question marks on offense.
Missouri brought in freshman quarterback Drew Lock in the first half of the win over UConn after junior Maty Mauk struggled. Lock was 6-of-9 passing for 40 yards, but Mauk returned and scored the decisive rushing touchdown in the third quarter.
Kentucky has to figure out how to keep Towles upright to have a chance in this game, but the home-field advantage is on the Wildcats’ side. Despite Missouri being ranked No. 25, unranked Kentucky enters the game as a 2.5-point favorite, according to VegasInsider.com.
Two suspect offenses and two stout defenses that have been able to force turnovers could equal another another low-scoring affair in Lexington.
Missouri has managed to remain in the Top 25 after two sub-par performances, but another pedestrian effort could leave the team outside of the rankings after Saturday.