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USA Today writer picks Kentucky to upset Mississippi State

Kentucky is a 9.5-point underdog vs. No. 14 Mississippi State, but one national college football writer believes the Cats will pull off the upset. USA Today’s George Schroeder picked Kentucky to beat Mississippi State as his bold prediction of the week.

“Mississippi State has been getting plenty of attention, going back to the offseason, for its potential as a dark horse in the SEC West, and there’s been nothing in the first quarter of the season to dampen the idea. But most folks probably still aren’t sure what to make of Kentucky. Led by a quarterback catalyst in Terry Wilson, the Wildcats finally snapped a losing streak to Florida that stretched back to forever. After they upset Mississippi State in Lexington this week, we’ll see Mark Stoops might have the SEC’s most pleasant surprise of the season.”

Heck yes, George Schroeder. Let’s go.

The rest of the national media is nowhere near that brave. Here’s a rundown of their picks:

CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee: Mississippi State

Kentucky will be back on the national stage Saturday night when it takes on a Mississippi State squad that is rolling after three big wins. If you like running backs, this one’s for you. Benny Snell has been a staple in the Wildcats backfield for his entire career, while the duo of Aeris Williams and Kylin Hill lead a punishing Bulldogs attack that is supplemented by dual-threat quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. This one comes down to the battle along the offensive line, and Mississippi State will prove that it’s the contender, Kentucky is the pretender and manage to cover late. Pick: Mississippi State (-10)

CBS Sports panel: Mississippi State

Against the original 10.5-point spread it was a different story:

Sports Illustrated: Mississippi State

From SI’s Eric Single:

In a meeting of two running backs who sit top-25 nationally in rushing yards through three weeks, the edge goes to Mississippi State’s Kylin Hill, who was the difference-maker for the Bulldogs’ offense in their only Power 5 test so far, against Kansas State. Kentucky’s Benny Snell is one of the most overlooked running backs in the country, but he will be barreling into an MSU front that has allowed a meager 2.5 yards per carry so far. Keep both these teams top of mind as divisional dark horses, but Mississippi State has too much on the line over the next month not to emerge from Kroger Field with its perfect record intact.

Time to shock the world, I guess.


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19 Comments for USA Today writer picks Kentucky to upset Mississippi State

  1. Bigblue7982
    1:28 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    Hopefully we can look back and say this wasn’t an upset I think this KY team is good.

    • jeffj
      1:42 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

      what i’m thinking the odds keep changing minute by minute, sorta like a drip.

      4:22 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

      Agree, this team is good… This game, however, has the feel of a Stoops pooping the bed again if it’s close. I hope we get up early and don’t have to depend on Stoops coaching ability in a pressure situation.

    • cats646
      4:35 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

      Stoops is a good coach.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:48 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

      Death, taxes and BBNBRIAN bashing Coach Stoops. Please get some new material.

  2. cats646
    1:35 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    Benny, do what you do!!!!!

  3. SuperTroy18
    1:37 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    Everybody had the Gators too. And we dominated that game.

  4. cats646
    1:42 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    And Kash of you would be so kind as to shut mr. Hill up. That would be great.

  5. Bluebloodtoo
    1:52 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    Well, one thing is for sure: Kentucky playing a solid game against an SEC foe won’t be a surprise this weekend. Better come ready to play a tough game and grind out every yard.

  6. Wade
    1:53 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    They have 3 runners and so do we . That’s gonna be the difference. Who gets the most on the ground first downs and controls the clock. And then there’s turnovers. We can’t have 2 or three. I Like that at least when we throw deep terry is a little long than short , I think he drops in a couple this game. It’s gonna be a showdown! Lynn and C.J. have big games and the defense shows up. Bohanna will be back McCall has had solid reps and we are not breaking and making good tackles. NO big plays for state. have to get after the qb up front. Go cats!

  7. maximumscott
    2:15 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    State is good but I think the UK football stigma that we arent that good. UK is built similarly to State and play the same physical style. This game will show that we are legit and then they can shove the stigma

  8. yourfriendcasey
    2:43 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    There’s a serious buzz around the state right now. One I haven’t felt since the 2014 South Carolina game. This is going to be a very special weekend for the Cats. I’m just upset its only Friday.

  9. CombatMedic_98
    2:50 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s go Big Blue…!

  10. TheAssman
    3:41 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    No turnovers….this will be HUGE. No interceptions and don’t put the ball on the ground. This game may be decided by turnovers.

  11. TheAssman
    3:41 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    And GO BIG BLUE!!

  12. michaelb
    4:32 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    Snell is gonna get his no matter what the stats elude to

  13. Luether
    5:41 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    I want some of what the USA Today writer is drinking…

  14. J. Did
    5:54 pm September 21, 2018 Permalink

    This is stirring the pot – get the fans riled up. The cowbells shakin’. The CAT fans quaking. Money will be bet. Money spent. Money won. Stirring that pot of gold.

  15. Greatcatfan
    1:11 am September 22, 2018 Permalink

    What annoys me is all the hype Fitzgerald gets when Wilson is progressing as a passer at a much faster rate.