Missouri football hits the road to face Kentucky

Mizzou Tigers / MGN Online

Mizzou Football (1-3, 0-2 SEC) will make its first road trip of 2017 this Saturday as it takes on the Kentucky Wildcats under the lights at Kroger Field on SEC Network. Kick is at 6:30 p.m. (CT).

Mizzou is coming off of a bye week and most recently in action on Sept. 23, a 51-14 loss to then No. 15/16 Auburn at Memorial Stadium.

That concluded a four-game homestand for the Tigers to open 2017.

Kentucky moved to 4-1 on the year following last week's 24-20 win over Eastern Michigan. Mizzou played Eastern Michigan a year ago, defeating the Eagles, 61-21.

•Mizzou is playing Kentucky for the sixth time since joining the SEC with the Tigers winning three of the first five meetings.

However, Kentucky has won two straight in the series. Mizzou head coach Barry Odom is 0-1 vs. the Wildcats while UK head coach Mark Stoops is 2-2 against Mizzou.

•Saturday's game marks the first time Mizzou will play away from its home of Memorial Stadium in 2017.

Since 2000, Mizzou is 11-6 in road openers, winning three of the last four. Mizzou had a streak of three straight wins in road openers snapped last year as it dropped a 26-11 decision at West Virginia in its season-opener. From 2005-2010, Mizzou won six straight road openers before losing two straight in 2011 and 2012.

Of those 17 games, 10 have come against Power 5 teams with Mizzou holding a 6-4 advantage in those 10 contests.

In road openers that happened to be against conference opponents, Mizzou is 4-1 with its lone loss coming to South Carolina in 2012. Mizzou is averaging a 30.3-27.5 score in those 17 games as well. The current senior class has lost just one road opener since joining Mizzou Football.

Mizzou Following a Bye

•Mizzou had a bye during week five of the 2017 season.

Since joining the SEC in 2012, Mizzou is 4-3 following a bye, but has lost three straight following an idle week. Last year, Mizzou's bye came before traveling to Florida where it lost, 40-14.

•Since 2002, Mizzou is 10-9 following a bye week.

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