SEC Football Preview: Kentucky vs. Mississippi State

Kentucky and Mississippi State logos

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

Team Schedules/Results

Kentucky

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Toledo W 38-24
09/07/19 Eastern Mich. W 38-17
09/14/19 Florida L 21-29
09/21/19 @ Mississippi St.
09/28/19 @ South Carolina
10/12/19 Arkansas
10/19/19 @ Georgia
10/26/19 Missouri
11/09/19 Tennessee
11/16/19 @ Vanderbilt
11/23/19 Tenn.-Martin
11/30/19 Louisville

Mississippi State

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 vs. La.-Lafayette W 38-28
09/07/19 Southern Miss. W 38-15
09/14/19 Kansas St. L 24-31
09/21/19 Kentucky
09/28/19 @ Auburn
10/12/19 @ Tennessee
10/19/19 LSU
10/26/19 @ Texas A&M
11/02/19 @ Arkansas
11/16/19 Alabama
11/23/19 Abilene Christian
11/28/19 Mississippi

ESPN FPI

Kentucky: 31

Mississippi State: 24

Key Stats

Stat Kentucky Mississippi State
Rushing Offense 185.0 (51) 224.0 (34)
Passing Offense 245.0 (66) 187.7 (99)
Total Offense 430.0 (56) 411.7 (71)
Scoring Offense 32.3 (57) 33.3 (53)
Rushing Defense 122.7 (50) 139.7 (65)
Total Defense 390.3 (80) 347.7 (54)
Scoring Defense 23.3 (60) 24.7 (67)
Interceptions 4 (8) 3 (25)
Sacks 2.33 (60) 1.33 (106)
Tackles for loss 5.7 (79) 4.3 (115)
Turnover margin -0.33 (82) 1.67 (7)
Third Down Conv. 0.500 (24) 0.344 (99)
Third Down Conv. DEF 0.447 (106) 0.310 (35)

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Players to Watch

Kentucky

C Drake Jackson, OL Logan Stenburg, WR Lynn Bowden, LB Cash Daniel, LB Jamar Watson..

Mississippi State

C Darryl Williams, RB Kylin Hill, DB Cameron Dantzler, LB Erroll Thompson, DL Chauncey Rivers.

Injuries

Kentucky

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/14/19 QB Nik Scalzo ACL is out for season
09/08/19 QB Terry Wilson Knee is out for season
08/30/19 S Davonte Robinson Quad is out for season
08/07/19 WR Isaiah Epps Foot is out indefinitely

Mississippi State

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/16/19 QB Tommy Stevens Shoulder is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky
09/15/19 OL Dareuan Parker Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky
09/15/19 OL Darryl Williams Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky
09/15/19 OL Evans Wilkerson Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

Both these teams lost their first games of the season last weekend. Kentucky seems to have taken a step back with the loss of their starting quarterback a couple of weeks ago. State is more likely to win this game playing in Starkville but it won’t be easy.

Our Preseason Prediction

Mississippi State 31, Kentucky 27

In-Season 14Powers.com Prediction

Mississippi State 27, Kentucky 23

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 3:00 PM CT (4:00 PM ET). Watch on the SEC Network.

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