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Missouri hasn’t beat a ranked opponent in ... a while.

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The last time Missouri beat a ranked team was Jan. 1, 2015.

It came in the Citrus Bowl, against 25th-ranked Minnesota. The Gophers were only ranked in the CFP poll, however. The last time Missouri beat a team ranked in the AP Poll or Coaches Poll?

Gotta go back nearly a full calendar year. That came against Oklahoma State in the 2014 Cotton Bowl.

That’s a long time, folks. If you count the Citrus Bowl as a win over a ranked opponent, then Missouri hasn’t beaten a ranked team in 44 games; if you go back to the Oklahoma State game, it’s 58 games.

The longest streak over the past two decades started with an upset of No. 12 Oklahoma State on Oct. 25, 1997. It would be 67 games until the Tigers upset No. 10 Nebraska on Oct. 11, 2003.

Missouri gets another crack to end the streak on Saturday. It comes in the form of No. 12 Kentucky. It’s a game where Missouri is favored — and favored by seven points, at that.

If the streak doesn’t end on Saturday, the Tigers will get another shot against a ranked opponent in one week at Florida. And after that — it may be a while. The earliest would be a potential bowl game, but a 7-5 or 6-6 Missouri bowl team would likely not be facing a ranked team.

From there? West Virginia, sans Will Grier, likely won’t be ranked. South Carolina? Maybe. Maybe not. Missouri doesn’t play Georgia until Nov. 9 next year.

Basically, Missouri has two chances to beat a ranked team — today, and next week. And if it doesn’t, its streak between AP or Coaches Poll ranked wins will extend beyond the 1997-2003 drought.

So what I’m saying is, Saturday is as good a day as any to find some water.

Missouri-Kentucky football: Game time, information

Time: 3 p.m. CT

Date: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

Location: Faurot Field; Columbia, Mo.

TV Channel: SEC Network

Missouri-Kentucky football: Watch online

The Missouri-Kentucky football game can be streamed online via WatchESPN.com with a cable/satellite provider log-in (even if it isn’t your own, we won’t tell, our little secret).

Missouri-Kentucky football: Betting odds, preview, prediction

Missouri is a 7-point favorite over Kentucky, according to VegasInsider.com. The over/under is 56 points in most places. It’s the second-lowest over/under for Missouri this season; the lowest was 52 before the Wyoming game.

For the season, Missouri is 4-3 against the spread and has taken the over in six of its seven games.

Missouri-Kentucky prediction

Chris Bohkay: Until Mizzou can show up against a team with a pulse, I can’t pick em to win a big game like this, but I’m hoping I’m wrong. If Mizzou is to win then the defensive backs limited big plays and wrapped up Snell when he got past the front four. Kentucky, 27 - Mizzou 24

Ryan Herrera: 38-27, Missouri. The running backs need to continue their streak of being the strength of this Missouri offense, and I’m thinking they combine for well over 200 yards.

Josh Matejka: I’m very torn. By all accounts, Missouri should win this game. They’ve got home field advantage, they have motivation to break a three-year losing streak and last week’s game against Memphis was the most complete effort they’ve produced all year. Plus, Kentucky is coming off a loss, followed by a lackluster win against a mediocre Vanderbilt team in Lexington.

But I’m also becoming more of a realist about this unit. After weeks — years, really — of thinking they’ll prove themselves against a good opponent, we’ve yet to see it. The offense has yet to put up big numbers against a good defense, and the defense has yet to stop a quarterback, no matter how unheralded. This could be the week that they finally get it done, but I have no reason to believe it’s going to happen until it actually happens. I’m not confident, but I’ll say Kentucky 24-Missouri 20. If the Tigers win, it’s because Drew Lock finally breaks through and has a performance that proves he can stoke the Tigers to victory against a great defense.