STARKVILLE, Miss. - On their longest win streak since 1999, the 21st-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-2, 2-2 SEC) will battle the Kentucky Wildcats (4-4, 1-4 SEC) Saturday at David Wade Stadium looking for its sixth-straight win. Game time is set for 6 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally by ESPNU.
Coming off a 29-24 homecoming win against UAB last Saturday, the Bulldogs are climbing the ranks in several conference statistical categories. The Bulldogs rank first in the Southeastern Conference in time of possession (31:17), second in rushing offense (219.2 ypg), second in third-down conversions (47.7 percent) and third in scoring defense (17.0 ppg). Over the past four weeks, the Mississippi State rushing attack has accounted for 1,122 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Bulldogs are averaging over 280 yards per contest in the past four games.
Defensively, Mississippi State is led by defensive coordinatorand co-defensive coordinator . After finishing 10th in the SEC last season, the duo has led the Bulldogs defensive attack to a 14th-national ranking in scoring defense (17.0 ppg) and 23rd in tackles for loss a game (7.13).
In his first year as head coach at Kentucky, Joker Phillips and the Wildcats began the season 3-0 but have lost four of its last five. Led by quarterback Mike Hartline, the Wildcats’ high powered offense is averaging 428.5 yards per game, distributing the ball evenly through the air (282) and on the ground (271).
This is the 37th meeting between the two schools dating back to 1914 in Lexington. Kentucky leads the overall series 21-16 but the Bulldogs have the home field advantage as they hold a 9-6 advantage in Starkville.