The novelty of Kentucky football returning to action and playing at home for the first time this season has worn off. There’s no more time for moral victories or excuses. When the Wildcats host the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kroger Field this evening, they need to send them back to Starkville with a loss.
After crumbling in the second half on back-to-back occasions to open the season, Kentucky sits at 0-2 on the season with a difficult road ahead.
Mississippi State opened the season with a dominant season-opening upset at LSU, followed by a disappointing loss at home against Arkansas in Week 2. They sit at 1-1 on the season, but boast a top-ten offense (516.0 yards per game) and sit atop the passing charts by a solid margin, averaging 468 yards per game.
Meanwhile, Kentucky has the worst passing defense in college football in terms of overall efficiency – No. 74 out of 74 – heading into Week 3.
If there was ever a time to step up and turn things around, a standout performance against Mike Leach and MSU’s Air Raid offense, today would be a great start.
Vegas, TV, Radio
Despite Mississippi State’s status as a passing powerhouse and Kentucky’s struggles on defense, the Wildcats actually come in favored at -3 with an over/under set at 58.
In two games, UK has failed to cover the spread either time, while MSU is 1-1 on the year following the Week 1 upset at LSU and home loss against Arkansas. The Wildcats and Bulldogs have each hit the over once in two tries on the year.
The Wildcats have not been good under Mark Stoops as favorites in conference play. UK is now 0-7 ATS as home favorites in SEC play and 4-3 straight up with losses to Tennessee in 2019 and Ole Miss in 2017 and 2020.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic will be on the call for the SEC Network starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. If you can’t watch all of the action, you can hear the Voice of the Wildcats, Tom Leach, on a variety of platforms.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-191 and Sirius-135
- Online: iHeart Radio
Prepare with the KSR Pregame Show
The gang is back at KSBar and Grille with Freddie Maggard to get you ready for the Cats and the Bulldogs. All of the action begins at 3:30 p.m. ET. Can’t wait that long to get your game day rolling? There are a handful of KSR football podcasts that have a little bit of everything for any UK football fan.
- Free Money with Matt and Drew
- The KSR Football Podcast
- The Depth Chart Podcast with Freddie Maggard
- 11 Personnel
New Gameday Info
Kentucky has updated its gameday protocols, which includes the use of two-ply gaiters at Kroger Field moving forward:
- No tailgating
- In addition to masks, gaiters of two-ply material are now permissible
- Please remember to wear a mask or gaiter at all times inside the stadium, except when actively eating or drinking
- Fans are welcome to bring stadium seats or seat cushions to the game; the seats or cushions should be no wider than 18 inches
- Mobile Tickets & Parking Permits will be required this season
- Keep six feet of social distance where possible
- Clear bags are required
Looking to attend today’s game? Single-game tickets remain available over at UKAthletics.com, including lower-level seats.
Prices range anywhere from $60 to $110, with tickets being sold in sets of two and four.
Buy them quickly and sell out Kroger Field for the first win of the season.
Kentucky is going all blue today when they take the field against Mississippi State.
Sporting blue helmets, jerseys, pants, cleats and gloves, the Wildcats are going to wear the same uniforms they did when they beat the Bulldogs by a final score of 28-7 back in 2018.
Kentucky’s win over No. 14 Mississippi State two years ago included a four-touchdown performance by Benny Snell, breaking Randall Cobb’s record for career touchdowns.
Let’s see a similar outcome this evening, shall we?
College Football on TV
- No. 4 Florida at No. 21 Texas A&M | 12 p.m. | ESPN
- No. 22 Texas vs. Oklahoma (Dallas, Texas) | 12 p.m. | Fox
- No. 19 Virginia Tech at No. 8 North Carolina | 12 p.m. | ABC
- Coastal Carolina at No. 23 Louisana | 12:00 p.m. | ESPN2
- South Carolina at Vanderbilt | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
- UL Monroe at Liberty | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
- Texas State at Troy | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
- NC State at Virginia | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
- Duke at Syracuse | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3
- The Citadel at Army | 1:30 p.m. | CBSSN
- No. 14 Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
- UTSA at No. 15 BYU | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
- Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
- Texas Tech at No. 24 Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
- Arkansas at No. 13 Auburn | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
- Kansas State at TCU | 4 p.m. | Fox
- Pitt at Boston College | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
- Middle Tennessee at FIU | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
- Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss | 4 p.m. | Stadium
- No. 2 Alabama at Ole Miss | 6 p.m. | ESPN
- Temple at Navy | 6 p.m. | CBSSN
- Florida State at No. 5 Notre Dame | 7 p.m. | NBC
- East Carolina at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
- No. 7 Miami at No. 1 Clemson | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
- Mississippi State at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
- UTEP at Louisiana Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
- Marshall at Western Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | Stadium
- Charlotte at North Texas | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
- Missouri at No. 17 LSU | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Miami Heat force a Game 6
With their season on the line, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and the Miami Heat clawed back to take home a 111-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 to force a Game 6 on Sunday.
Jimmy Butler led the day with a phenomenal all-around performance, finishing with 38 points (11-19 shooting, 12-12 FT), 12 rebounds, 11 assists, five steals and a block in the win.
As for the former Wildcats, Adebayo finished with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and a block, while Herro added 12 points, three assists and one rebound.
For the Lakers, LeBron James led the way with 40 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while a hobbled Anthony Davis added 28 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in the loss.
Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Until then, time for the Wildcats to take care of business.