Kentucky travels to Columbia to take on Missouri

Second-year coach Mark Stoops has the Wildcats believing they can compete with the best in the SEC

Fans of Kentucky, Missouri and the entire SEC will have a unique opportunity to have their questions answered live from two alums during Kentucky’s game at Missouri on Saturday at 4 p.m. Eastern. 


Former Kentucky coach Rich Brooks and former Missouri quarterback James Franklin will join host Braden Gall of Athlon Sports on Talk Back for the entirety of the matchup in Columbia.


This live, interactive experience is available to anyone by visiting during the Kentucky-Missouri game Saturday.


Here’s how Talk Back works:


• Go to during the Kentucky-Missouri game Saturday night.


• Post your questions and comments about the game or anything else.


• Watch as Brooks and Franklin answer your questions live.


• Grab the link to the clip of your question and share with your friends.


Talk Back is a weekly series giving football fans a chance to follow their favorite teams in a new way. Each Saturday during the college football season, two SEC greats will watch their schools live while taking questions from fans all over the world live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.




Kentucky is one of the most improved teams in the country and is one win away from becoming bowl-eligible for the first time since 2010. Second-year coach Mark Stoops has the Wildcats believing they can compete with the best of the best in the SEC.

Sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles has emerged as one of the top young quarterbacks in college football. The Kentucky native is completing over 60 percent of his attempts and is averaging 259.6 yards passing per game.  

The Kentucky defense will be looking to get back on track after giving up an average of 43 points in losses to LSU and No. 1 Mississippi State. The Wildcats need to get back to their ball-hawking ways; they intercepted seven passes in their first three conference games but have only one in each of the last two games.


Missouri, the defending SEC East champs, improved to 3–1 with a 24-14 win over Vanderbilt. The Tigers are finding ways to win despite struggling on the offensive side the ball. Quarterback Maty Mauk will have to improve his efficiency if this team is going to make a run at another Eastern Division crown.


The Missouri defense is once again making life very difficult for opposing quarterbacks. Led by the defensive end tandem of Markus Golden and Shane Ray, the Tigers rank second in the SEC with 26 sacks.

The Tigers and Wildcats have split the four all-time meetings between the two schools. Kentucky took the first two — both played in the 1960s — while Missouri is 2–0 vs. UK since joining the SEC prior to the 2012 season. Last fall, Maty Mauk tied a school record by throwing five touchdown passes in the Tigers’ 48–17 win over Kentucky in Lexington.

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