Biggest game of the year? That seems to be the continuing question that arises from week to week of the 2007 Kentucky football season. Welcome to life in big time college football. Every week it doesn’t get any easier, especially playing the SEC. Some folks may look at Mississippi State and say this could be a trap game of sorts, but as defensive coordinator Steve Brown best put it, “This is the SEC, there are no trap games. Everyone is good.”
There is no doubt about that.
Even though State has struggled for the majority of the season, they still have that win in their pocket on the road at Auburn that illustrates what they are capable of. Obviously, the bulldogs are no where near the threat offensively that Florida was, but they have a powerful running attack headed by sophomore standout Anthony Dixon. Slowing Dixon down is no chore as he one of the better backs in the SEC. MSU is usually at its best when they can upstart the running game and open up the rest of their offense thus keeping the defense off balance. Shut the running game down and they are terrible. The bulldogs passing game is somewhat laughable, and add to the fact you never know who is going to be under center makes it that much more inconsistent.
Defensively, State is one of the stronger teams in the conference, which helps keep them in a lot of games when their inept offense can’t move the ball. Defensive end Titus Brown leads the bulldog’s stout rushing defense while standout Derek Pegues is the leader in the secondary.
Bottom line, this Kentucky team has better talent, is better coached, and should win the football game by a comfortable margin if they come to play. The Cat’s defense holds up strong against teams who do not feature a spread attack, and State is a very one dimensional football squad. UK desperately needs to get out of here with a win and get to the bye week as fast as they can to get some players back healthy before the stretch run.
Quick Injury Report:
Johnny Williams-Questionable (foot)
Tony Dixon-Questionable (shoulder)
Keenan Burton-Questionable (knee)
Jacob Tamme -Questionable (turf toe)
Raphael Little- Out (leg)
Paul Warford- Out (collar bone)
Micah Johnson- Out (Knee)
Get Pumped up for Saturday, we need this one!