How will the Bulldogs live life with the biggest target in college football on their collective backs?
No. 1 Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) makes a short trip to Kentucky to take on the Wildcats (5-2, 2-2) on Saturday 3:30 PM on CBS, in a game that will push the Bulldogs win streak, dating back to last year, to 10 games. The Wildcats haven’t beaten the Bulldogs in the last 5 head-to-head matchups.
Matchup: No. 1 Mississippi State Bulldogs Vs. Kentucky Wildcats
When: 3:30 PM ET on Saturday, October 25th
Where: Commonwealth Stadium
NCAAF Betting Line: Mississippi St. -13.5
NCAAF Money Line:
Mississippi St. -500/Kentucky +400
"We’re going into a game with a target on our back," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "Having to go on the road in a hostile environment … against one of the most improved teams in college football this year. Our guys better learn how to handle that and make sure we have unbelievable focus about how big of a game this really is."
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) October 20, 2014
Mississippi State has beaten three top 10 teams in a row (at the time), but still has a lot of work to do if it plans on becoming National Champions in the inagural college football playoffs. They enter this matchup averaging the ninth most points per game in the nation at 41.8 and are also allowing the 19th fewest points per game at an even 20 PPG.
The game within the game will have Mississippi QB and top Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott looking to impress after two of his competitors for the award (Notre Dame’s Everett Golson and Baylor’s Bryce Petty) lost last week. In last year’s home victory over the Wildcats, Prescott went for 23 of 34 for 268 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 33 yards on 16 carries.
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 20, 2014
Mississippi State is 7-0 against the spread in their last seven divisional games, 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 games, and 4-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Mississippi State is 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings of these two. The Bulldogs have won four straight in Lexington.
Kentucky is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, and 5-15 against the spread in their last 20 SEC games. The Wildcats have also dropped 15 consecutive games to Top 25 opponents and 26 of 27.
Early College Football Betting Prediction: Mississippi State 49, Kentucky 31
Mississippi State Bulldogs Stats Leaders
- Passing: Prescott – 96-156, 1478 yds, 14 tds
- Rushing: Robinson – 98 car, 689 yds, 8 tds
- Receiving: Wilson – 18 rec, 319 yds, 6 tds
Kentucky Wildcats Stats Leaders
- Passing: Towles – 139-228, 1687 yds, 10 tds
- Rushing: Kemp – 60 car, 300 yds, 4 tds
- Receiving: Timmons – 31 rec, 339 yds, 2 tds