First Look: Mississippi State vs. Kentucky

Mississippi State vs Kentucky

Mississippi State visits Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington. Here is a first look at the Mississippi State-Kentucky matchup.

Mississippi State Season so far

Sept. 1 Stephen F. Austin W 63-6
Sept. 8 at Kansas State W 31-10
Sept. 15 Louisiana W 56-10

Kentucky Season so far

Sept. 1 Central Michigan W 35-20
Sept. 8 at Florida W 27-16
Sept. 15 Murray State W 48-10

Stat Comparison

MSU Stat Kentucky
50.0 Points 36.7
8.7 Points Allowed 15.3
587.7 Total YDS 469.7
276.0 Pass YDS 187.3
311.7 Rush YDS 282.3
259.0 Total YDS Allowed 305.7
174.0 Pass YDS Allowed 183.0
85.0 Rush YDS Allowed 122.7
.611 3rd down conv % .579
-1.00 Turnover margin 0.33
9 & Massey Composite 36

& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.

Mississippi State Injuries and Suspensions

09/16/18 DT Cory Thomas Suspension Served is probable Saturday vs Kentucky
09/16/18 CB Jamal Peters Knee is doubtful Saturday vs Kentucky
09/16/18 WR Jesse Jackson Upper Body is "?" Saturday vs Kentucky
09/16/18 OL Marlon Reese Upper Body is "?" Saturday vs Kentucky
09/14/18 WR Jamal Couch Transferred has left team

Kentucky Injuries and Suspensions

09/17/18 TE Keaton Upshaw Undisclosed is out for season
09/17/18 NT Quinton Bohanna Ankle is upgraded to probable Saturday vs Mississippi State
08/26/18 T Landon Young Knee is out for season
08/04/18 DE Joshua Paschal Illness is out indefinitely


Challenges for Mississippi State

When you talk about Kentucky discussion starts with running back Benny Snell Jr. Snell has 2,799 career rushing yards for 35 touchdowns. Like MSU, UK has a balanced offense that can hurt opponents on the ground or through the air. Defensively, the Wildcats have some veteran talent. Senior safety Mike Edwards has eight career interceptions. Another senior, linebacker Josh Allen has 16 1/2 career sacks.

Challenges for Kentucky

We don’t know much about Mississippi State. MSU is currently ranked No. 9 in the AP but they could eventually move up into the top 5. Consider, though, that they have upcoming matchups with Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama and Auburn. They might actually fall in the polls down the road and still be a very good football team. Player wise, Bulldog QB Nick Fitzgerald has 37 career rushing TDs and 43 passing TDs. Simply put, UK has to be ready for a balanced offense that can hurt you in numerous ways. Defensive end Montez Sweat is one of the top defenders in the nation with 21 career TFLs.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 7 pm ET (6 pm CT) and can be seen on ESPN2.

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