In what could be his last start of the season, freshman quarterback Maty Mauk will attempt to help Missouri maintain sole possession of the SEC East lead.
After bouncing back nicely from their first loss, the ninth-ranked Tigers will try for another dominant performance Saturday at Kentucky.
Mauk has started the past three games, but James Franklin is on the verge of returning from a sprained shoulder. Missouri's coaches used Franklin's improving health as motivation for their freshman backup before last week's game against Tennessee.
After being told he was on a tight leash, Mauk threw three touchdown passes and ran for 114 yards in a 31-3 rout of the Volunteers. That victory helped Missouri (8-1, 4-1) remain just ahead of South Carolina in the SEC East after a 27-24 double-overtime loss to the then-No. 20 Gamecocks on Oct. 26.
Mauk is expected to start again this Saturday with Franklin considered questionable.
"I feel fortunate that Maty has done a good job," coach Gary Pinke...