Just a summary of what it took to get Kentucky to a number nine ranking in the first selection committee standings (don’t get me started there, okay?):
0 First downs were recorded by Missouri in the second half of the Tigers’ 15-14 loss to Kentucky on Saturday. Missouri had 13 first downs in the first half, when it built a 14-3 lead. In the second half, Missouri punted on eight three-and-out possessions. In the first half, the Tigers’ series ended with two touchdowns, a blocked field-goal attempt and a punt as Missouri gained 200 yards on 38 plays. In the second half, the Tigers had 49 yards on 24 snaps.
0:00 Was on the clock when Kentucky scored a touchdown in its 15-14 victory over Missouri on Saturday — and when the ball was snapped for the game-winning play. With four seconds left and Kentucky on the Missouri 10-yard line trailing 14-9, QB Terry Wilson’s pass to WR Ahmad Wagner was caught out of bounds as time expired. But Missouri CB DeMarkus Acy was called for defensive pass interference on the play, allowing Kentucky’s offense to have an untimed down at the Tigers 2-yard line. On that snap, Wilson threw a TD pass to TE C.J. Conrad to win the game. The TD capped an eight-play, 81-yard drive over the game’s final 84 seconds that included two sacks by the Missouri defense. Wilson, who’d thrown an interception with Kentucky at the Tigers 15-yard line on the previous possession, completed five straight passes for 85 yards before the incompletion to Wagner.
That’s… not normal. There are a few things about the Kentucky match-up that give me pause for thought, but that whole team of destiny thing makes me flat out nervous.