SEC Football Preview: Kentucky at Mississippi State

Kentucky-Mississippi State football preview

Kentucky faces Mississippi State on Saturday in Starkville. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Kentucky

2-Sep vs. Ball State W 44 – 14
9-Sep vs. Eastern Kentucky W 28 – 17
16-Sep vs. Akron W 35 – 3
23-Sep at Vanderbilt W 45 – 28
30-Sep vs. Florida W 33 – 14
7-Oct at Georgia L 13 – 51
14-Oct vs. Missouri L 21 – 38
28-Oct vs. Tennessee L 27 – 33
4-Nov at Mississippi State
11-Nov vs. Alabama
18-Nov at South Carolina
25-Nov at Louisville

Mississippi State

2-Sep vs. Southeastern Louisiana W 48 – 7
9-Sep vs. Arizona W 31 – 24
16-Sep vs. LSU L 14 – 41
23-Sep at South Carolina L 30 – 37
30-Sep vs. Alabama L 17 – 40
7-Oct vs. Western Michigan W 41 – 28
21-Oct at Arkansas W 7 – 3
28-Oct at Auburn L 13 – 27
4-Nov vs. Kentucky
11-Nov at Texas A&M
18-Nov vs. Southern Miss
23-Nov vs. Ole Miss

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Kentucky Mississippi State
ESPN FPI 41 45
Sagarin 43 56
Massey Composite 50 64
PiRate Ratings 36 37

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Kentucky
Mississippi St.
74
121
8
14
0.395
0.309
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Mississippi St.
Kentucky
54
104
8
13
0.368
0.441
4th Down Conversion Pct Mississippi St.
Kentucky
75
129
7
14
0.471
0.167
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Kentucky
Mississippi St.
83
83
10
10
0.556
0.556
Blocked Kicks Kentucky
Mississippi St.
8
34
2
6
2
1
Blocked Kicks Allowed Mississippi St.
Kentucky
1
103
1
11
0
2
Blocked Punts Mississippi St. 6 2 1
Blocked Punts Allowed Mississippi St.
Kentucky
1
93
1
12
0
1
Completion Percentage Mississippi St.
Kentucky
76
107
12
13
0.606
0.570
Defensive TDs Kentucky 3 1 3
Fewest Penalties Mississippi St.
Kentucky
43
111
3
12
44
58
Fewest Penalties Per Game Mississippi St.
Kentucky
44
113
3
12
5.50
7.25
Fewest Penalty Yards Mississippi St.
Kentucky
53
103
6
12
393
500
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Mississippi St.
Kentucky
55
105
6
12
49.12
62.50
First Downs Defense Mississippi St.
Kentucky
47
78
8
12
150
163
First Downs Offense Kentucky
Mississippi St.
93
110
9
13
151
138
Fumbles Lost Kentucky
Mississippi St.
26
26
5
5
3
3
Fumbles Recovered Kentucky
Mississippi St.
60
60
1
1
4
4
Kickoff Return Defense Mississippi St.
Kentucky
77
100
8
10
20.57
22.29
Kickoff Returns Mississippi St.
Kentucky
16
22
1
3
24.67
24.07
Net Punting Mississippi St.
Kentucky
66
107
11
13
39.29
36.50
Passes Had Intercepted Mississippi St.
Kentucky
49
68
9
12
6
7
Passes Intercepted Kentucky
Mississippi St.
49
69
7
11
7
6
Passing Offense Kentucky
Mississippi St.
80
101
11
12
218.6
197.8
Passing Yards Allowed Mississippi St.
Kentucky
88
102
10
12
238.5
248.0
Passing Yards per Completion Kentucky
Mississippi St.
38
79
6
10
13.05
11.55
Punt Return Defense Kentucky
Mississippi St.
27
89
4
10
4.00
9.75
Punt Returns Mississippi St.
Kentucky
20
31
4
5
13.55
11.83
Red Zone Defense Kentucky
Mississippi St.
107
115
11
13
0.900
0.913
Red Zone Offense Mississippi St.
Kentucky
89
102
12
13
0.800
0.786
Rushing Defense Kentucky
Mississippi St.
28
53
6
9
115.4
134.9
Rushing Offense Mississippi St.
Kentucky
71
79
6
9
152.6
145.0
Sacks Allowed Kentucky
Mississippi St.
32
56
2
5
1.50
1.88
Scoring Defense Kentucky
Mississippi St.
59
68
10
11
24.8
25.9
Scoring Offense Kentucky
Mississippi St.
48
84
7
14
30.8
25.1
Tackles for Loss Allowed Kentucky
Mississippi St.
25
73
3
7
4.50
5.88
Team Passing Efficiency Kentucky
Mississippi St.
59
69
11
12
136.05
133.09
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Kentucky
Mississippi St.
92
120
9
14
141.32
151.61
Team Sacks Mississippi St.
Kentucky
39
52
7
8
2.50
2.25
Team Tackles for Loss Kentucky
Mississippi St.
47
64
6
9
6.1
5.8
Time of Possession Mississippi St.
Kentucky
97
111
9
11
28:36
27:58
Total Defense Kentucky
Mississippi St.
57
64
9
11
363.4
373.4
Total Offense Kentucky
Mississippi St.
83
91
10
11
363.6
350.4
Turnover Margin Kentucky
Mississippi St.
54
54
8
8
0.12
0.12
Turnovers Gained Kentucky
Mississippi St.
68
78
5
7
11
10
Turnovers Lost Mississippi St.
Kentucky
33
44
7
11
9
10
Winning Percentage Kentucky
Mississippi St.
42
61
7
10
0.625
0.500

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kentucky

QB Devin Leary, RB Ray Davis, WR Barion Brown, OL Kenneth Horsey, DT Deone Walker, DE JJ Weaver, LB Trevin Wallace, S Jordan Lovett, K Chance Poore, P Wilson Berry.

Mississippi State

QB Will Rogers, RB Jo’Quavious Marks, WR Justin Robinson, OL Cole Smith, DE Jaden Crumedy, LB Jett Johnson, LB Nathaniel Watson, DB Esaias Furdge, K Nick Barr-Mira.

INJURIES

Kentucky


Player POS Status
J. Geiger DB Ques Sat – Elbow
B. Christman OL out for season – Knee
J. Wilcox RB Out indefinitely – Hamstring
L. Wright RB Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
N. Hall OL out for season – Undisclosed

Mississippi State


Player POS Status
W. Rogers QB Ques Sat – Arm
J. Marks RB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
K. Dinkins DL Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
T. Williams DL out for season – Undisclosed
J. Albert S out for season – Knee
G. Spivey TE out for season – Eligibility
S. Traore TE Out indefinitely &##8211; Eligibility

Source: Covers.com

Kentucky vs. Mississippi State Football Series History

Series tied 25-25

COMMENTS

Kentucky looks like the clear favorite here but playing in Starkville, anything can happen when the cow bells are clanging.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Kentucky 18, Mississippi St 27

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Kentucky 27, Mississippi State 21

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 7:30 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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