Kentucky and Mississippi State meet in a college football game that surprisingly has a big impact on the SEC standings on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
Kentucky (5-1 overall, 2-1 SEC) sits alone in second place in the SEC East and is the only team besides Georgia that controls its destiny in search of an SEC Championship Game appearance. The Wildcats were off last week, but Florida’s loss to Texas A&M separated them in the SEC East standings.
The Wildcats have yet to control a game start to finish, and that shows in their average game margin of 6.5 points. Their biggest margin of victory is 11 points and that came against Eastern Kentucky, an FCS opponent. Mississippi State, on the other hand, has yet to play a close game. The Bulldogs (4-2 overall, 1-2 SEC) have had their games decided by an average of 34.5 points.
A year ago, Austin MacGinnis kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired to give the Wildcats a thrilling 40-38 home victory over Mississippi State. It ended a seven-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. Overall, the series is tied 22-22.
Kentucky and Mississippi State are currently permanent cross-division rivals.
Kentucky-Mississippi State game time, details
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: October 21, 2017
Location: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Miss.
Line: Mississippi State -10.5 (according to MyBookie.ag)
Which TV channel is Kentucky-Mississippi State on?
The SEC Network will broadcast the Kentucky-Mississippi football game.
How can I watch Kentucky-Mississippi State online?
The Kentucky-Mississippi State football game can be watched online at WatchESPN or via the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Mississippi State on the radio?
The Kentucky-Mississippi State football game will be broadcast on the radio via the UK Sports Network. Find your local radio affiliate here.
The Kentucky-Mississippi State football game will also be broadcast on satellite radio on XM Channel 191 and Sirius Channel 145.
Fans can listen to the Kentucky-Mississippi State football game online at UKathletics.com.
Kentucky-Mississippi State preview, keys to the game
3. Hold Mississippi State’s rushing attack to under 200 yards.
Mississippi State has one of the best rushing attacks in the nation, averaging 261 yards per game on the ground. But there are obvious trends in their two losses — namely, their rushing offense was slowed, but not stopped, putting the burden on Nick Fitzgerald and the passing offense. In those two losses, the Bulldogs averaged 175 rushing yards per game. That 200-yard mark seems to be the goal. If Kentucky holds the Bulldogs under 200 yards rushing, the Wildcats should be in good position to win on the road.
2. Free the reins on Stephen Johnson’s right arm.
Another common theme in Mississippi State’s two losses? Both Auburn and Georgia were efficient and ruthless through the air. In those two games, Mississippi State faced 29 pass attempts. Twenty-three of those attempts were completed for 468 yards and 4 touchdowns. That’s 16 yards per attempt! Stephen Johnson has been efficient this season, but to beat the Bulldogs, coach Mark Stoops is going to have to allow Johnson to take the top off Mississippi State’s defense. Kentucky shouldn’t go out trying to throw the ball 30 times; but their drop backs should look to go long.
1. Win the turnover battle.
This would just be more of the same for Kentucky this season, as they’re plus 8 in turnover margin in 2017 and have yet to lose that battle in any game. But Mississippi State has been careless with the ball of late, turning the ball over 7 times in the last three games. Kentucky has turned the ball over 5 times all season. If The Wildcats can remain stingy with the ball and force Mississippi State into careless mistakes, coupled with the top 2 keys, they should pull off the upset on the road.