After six weeks of pulse-pounding, thrill inducing, blood pressure pumping close games for the Cats this season an 11 point spread seems like a blowout. And while the folks in Vegas think it will be a wide margin of victory for the Bulldogs the college football experts from around the ‘net are predicting a different outcome. If you agree then you better buckle up for another tight game for UK on Saturday night. Here are your predictions from around the world wide web:
Why Kentucky wins: Kentucky has been involved in a close game against every team it has faced this season — good or bad, home or road — so not much should faze these Wildcats, even a raucous Davis Wade Stadium. Junior quarterback Patrick Towles had one of his best career performances against Mississippi State last season and this group played a the then-No. 1 ranked Bulldogs tough. With Towles and the young offensive cast surrounding him now a year older and more mature, they should be able to hang tough against a good, but not great, Mississippi State team. Call it a gut feeling; I think the Wildcats find a way to steal one in a tough road environment. — Sam Khan Jr.
Why Mississippi State wins: Listen, I like the progress that Kentucky is making under Mark Stoops, but the Wildcats are double-digit underdogs on the road. Stoops has already earned a couple of statement wins this season, but I think State is simply the better team and will win fairly comfortably in cowbell land. — David Ching
Saturday Down South
The Play: Lean toward Mississippi State.
Prediction: Kentucky 24, Mississippi State 20
According to the SportsLine game forecast, nearly 70 percent of the recent picks have been on the over (55). My first instinct is to side with Mississippi State, with the idea being that the Bulldogs can pour it on for four quarters like they did against Louisiana Tech last week after Jeff Drizzle (Driskel) came out and made it rain early. Dan Mullen is 6-0 against Kentucky since arriving in Starkville but with an average margin of victory at 9.83 points per game. Considering this is one of the Wildcats’ more competitive teams in the last five years I’ll take the double-digit dog. Pick: Wildcats +11
Bottom line: The experts think it’ll be yet another game decided by a touchdown or less for Kentucky. How about you?