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Kentucky / MSU Game Preview – 10/24/13

mrsec game previewWeek Nine of the SEC schedule gets an early start with Kentucky’s visit to Mississippi State this evening.  Below is our preview for that one.  We’ll break down the other six games on this week’s schedule tomorrow afternoon as usual.

Now on with the battle between the Cats and Dogs…


Kentucky (1-5) at Mississippi State (3-3)

TV:  7:30pm ET on ESPN

Opening Line:  MSU -10

Current Line:  MSU -10.5

One To Watch:  Game Two of the World Series between the Cards and Sawx starts at 7:30.  What?  Too cruel?

This And That:

1.  The quarterback situations at both schools are less than perfect.  Maxwell Smith will be back in as starter for the Wildcats.  Jalen Whitlow — who looked good against South Carolina — was injured versus Alabama two weeks ago and Mark Stoops says he’ll be available “if we need him.”  At State, there’s still a flip-flop rotation between Tyler Russell (more the passer) and Dak Prescott (more the runner).  Prescott and and Smith rank 11th and 12th in passing yards per game.

2.  If Mississippi State wants to go bowling at season’s end, Dan Mullen’s club probably can’t afford a stumble at home to Kentucky.  The Cats’ rush defense is the SEC’s worst outside of the unit playing in College Station.  State’s rushing offense, on the other hand, ranks fourth best in the league and is worth 214.3 yards per game.  Expect a heavy dose of ground n’ pound from the Bulldogs tonight.

3.  If Stoops is to record his first SEC win in Starkville, Kentucky will need turnovers.  UK hasn’t been bad in that area (plus-one on the season, #7 in the SEC), but MSU has been better.  The Bulldogs have given the ball away just eight times all year while forcing a whopping 18, more than any other SEC team.  Advantage: Maroons.

4.  One extra note since we got a little cute above: Kentucky has dropped 11 in a row and 15 out of their 16 away from Commonwealth Stadium.  The last true road game UK won came in the 2010 season opener at Louisville.  That’s a lot of losses over a lot of time.

Prediction:  Mississippi State 30, Kentucky 21




Yet another in a long line of snarky and cheap pot-shots that always seem to arise when writing about MSU.

I have no clue as to why I continue to give your website hits.


Yes, too cruel. This is an SEC matchup, regardless of their records, and you are Mr. SEC.

John at MrSEC
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And we actually tossed in a fourth point so you no one missed anything.  It was joke. 



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