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GAME THREAD: Missouri goes head-to-head with No. 12 Kentucky

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Missouri’s the favorite. Will the ranked winless streak end?

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Missouri is a 7-point favorite over No. 12 Kentucky, and the Tigers look to end a 44-game winless streak against ranked opponents.

Follow along below for live updates and analysis from Faurot Field.

Missouri-Kentucky football: Live updates, score, analysis

Pregame

  • Emanuel Hall didn’t suit up for pregame warmups and wasn’t listed on today’s depth chart.
  • Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant spent some time before today’s game with Barry Odom, Emanuel Hall, Sophie Cunningham, Robin Pingeton and the rest of the Missouri women’s basketball team.
  • Three minutes before kickoff, it’s announced tight end Kendall Blanton will miss today’s game with a knee sprain. He’s considered week-to-week.

First Quarter

11:12 — After a slew of missed tackles led to a 45-yard gain on a swing pass, the Missouri defense stood its ground on the following three plays, forcing Kentucky to kick a 31-yard field goal. Kentucky 3, Missouri 0.

7:22 — Kam Scott’s 51-yard touchdown reception was called back due to a block in the back by Alex Ofodile. Four plays later, Tucker McCann’s 43-yard field goal attempt was blocked. Kentucky takes over on their own 41. Kentucky 3, Missouri 0.

3:01 — Missouri forces a turnover on downs as they stop Benny Snell on a wildcat run. Huge play momentum-wise. Kentucky 3, Missouri 0.

Second Quarter

14:49 — A pass interference in the end zone on third-and-goal from the 10 bails out the Tigers. Missouri takes over on Kentucky’s two-yard-line. Kentucky 3, Missouri 0.

14:01 — Damarea Crockett pounds it in two yards for the score. The offensive line got a great push there to free open a hole on an easy run. Missouri 7, Kentucky 3.

4:09 — Kentucky goes for it on fourth-and-one at midfield and is snuffed by Cale Garrett. Missouri 7, Kentucky 3.

0:49 — Larry Rountree III extends his arms over the goal line for a one-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers up 11. They’ll receive the ball to start the second half. Missouri 14, Kentucky 3.

Third Quarter

No scoring occurred in the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

5:18 — Corey Fatony out-kicks his coverage, allowing Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden Jr. to return the punt for a touchdown. Two-point conversion is no good. Missouri 14, Kentucky 9.

2:38 — DeMarkus Acy comes up with an absolutely gargantuan interception down the field! Missouri takes over with just over two minutes left. Kentucky has two timeouts. Missouri 14, Kentucky 9.

0:00 — Acy called for a pass interference in the end zone, and Kentucky scores on the very next play. Kentucky 15, Missouri 14.

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.