College Football Betting: MISSOURI TIGERS at KENTUCKY WILDCATS (9/26)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL — September 26

MISSOURI at KENTUCKY
(America’s Bookie Line: Kentucky -2.5, Total 44.5) — Sure, some people have gotten scared off the Mizzou side because of the positively drab 9-6 victory over UConn last week. But remember that there is one thing the Tigers (combatants in two of the last three SEC title games) do very well is cover numbers on the road. In fact, not only have they won twelve straight games as the visiting team, they have covered eleven of them! Yes, we know that Maty Mauk can be erratice. But now coach Gary Pinkel has able backup in freshman Drew Lock. And running back Russell Hansbrough (1084 yards last year), who sat out last week with a sprained ankle, is back in action. Kentucky is a program that would like to make a statement that it is very much on the uptick, and that may ultimately turn out to be the case. But there is the “downer” that comes with losing a 29th straight game to Florida last week, and the shaky nature of quarterback Patrick Bowles, who went just 8-of-24 with a couple of interceptions against the Gators. Missouri doesn’t flinch much in the secondary, and these guys can really rush the passer. The Tigers have yielded just 217 yards a game, and linebacker Kentrell Brothers leads the nation with 42 tackles, blocking a couple of kicks on top of that.

PLAY BY JAY: MISSOURI +2.5 ****

(All information is for news matter only; All games are graded on a scale of 1-4 stars. Lines are subject to change)