Kentucky vs. Missouri: Gary Pinkel says Wildcats are a 'good football team'

Jamie Squire

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel credits the Kentucky Wildcats while his team seeks their first SEC win.

Four games into their SEC lives, the Missouri Tigers still find themselves without a conference win. They hope that changes Saturday with their homecoming game against the perennial league-doormat Kentucky Wildcats.

The Wildcats are also winless in the conference at 0-5, with an overall record of 1-7. That's nothing new for Kentucky, but Missouri is coming off a successful final few years in the Big 12. Kentucky might be the Tigers' best chance this season to get an in-conference win in the SEC this season. After the Wildcats, the Tigers still have road games with the No. 23 Florida Gators, Tennessee and No. 22 Texas A&M.

Still, even though Kentucky has had its usual troubles this season, Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel credited the Wildcats recently as a "good football team" at his weekly press conference:

"They've also had their problems throughout the season. I think they are a very good football program, especially as they build. But then again, as I look at this whole thing, it's all about us, and how we play and how we go out there and compete for this win. We're going to work real hard to do that and we're excited about the opportunity to get back to work. ... They have talent and they are a good football team. They played a really good Georgia team tough, but what we need to do is get back to us, and to get ourselves playing better."

The Missouri Tigers take on the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT, and the game will be televised by ESPNU.

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