No. 16 Mississippi State and No. 22 Kentucky will meet in Lexington, Ky., for an intriguing SEC matchup. On the one hand, the Bulldogs are looking to maintain their three-game winning streak, while on the other, the Wildcats will be looking to break a two-game skid.
Since collapsing in the second half against LSU, all Mississippi State has done is outplay its next three opponents by a combined total of 127-55. That includes the Bulldogs’ last two games against Texas A&M and Arkansas. Mississippi State’s offense is buzzing, and quarterback Will Rogers leads the SEC with 2,110 passing yards. Now Rogers will get a tough test on the road against a Kentucky defense that is allowing just 174.2 passing yards per game.
Unlike the Bulldogs’ rise, the Wildcats have stumbled over the past two weeks. Kentucky dropped a heartbreaker at Ole Miss, then suffered a disappointing loss to South Carolina without starting quarterback Will Levis. Britain coach Mark Stoops thinks Levis are on track to play this weekend, but regardless of their status, Kentucky need to be much better in all facets of the game to avoid a third straight loss.
These two SEC schedules have been going in opposite directions lately, making for a fascinating Top 25 clash. More on how to tune in is below.
How to watch Kentucky vs. Mississippi State live
Date: Saturday October 15 | Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Kroger Field – Lexington, Kentucky
TV: SEC Network | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
Three players to watch
Mississippi State QB Will Rogers: Few quarterbacks in the country are as hot as Rogers right now. Over the past three games, Rogers has thrown for 1,133 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Now in his third season with the Bulldogs, Rogers is meeting high preseason expectations. Although he’s been playing at home for the past three weeks, the difficulty will escalate with this night game in Lexington. It will be interesting to see how Rogers handles another SEC road challenge.
Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky RB: After missing the first four games of the season through suspension, Rodriguez played Kentucky’s final two games and picked up where he left off in 2021. In the Wildcats’ loss to the Gamecocks, Rodriguez was one of the few bright spots. He carried the ball 22 times for 126 yards, and Kentucky will need another performance like that to beat Mississippi State.
Will Levis, Kentucky QB: Levis’ value to this Kentucky offense was on full display this weekend. The Wildcats scored just 14 points and backup Kaiya Sheron completed 15 of 27 for 178 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Even though Levis isn’t fully healthy, he will give Kentucky a boost on this side of the ball. Levis is considered a potential first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, and this game will be a great opportunity for him to show what he can do on the national stage.
Prediction Kentucky vs Mississippi State
Assuming Levis is back in the fold, Kentucky is more than capable of winning this game in front of their home crowd. The Wildcats have a solid defense and the offense should be able to move the ball on the Bulldogs. However, Mississippi State seems to be hitting its stride at the right time. Will Rogers is busy, and if that continues, he’ll put pressure on the Kentucky offense to keep up. The Bulldogs take care of business against the Wildcats, and that sets up an important game against Alabama in Week 8. Prediction: Mississippi State -4
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