There is a common theme for both Mississippi State and Ole Miss heading into this week – no letdowns.
Both teams will be favored and can ill-afford a loss to inferior opponents while continuing to battle for bowl eligibility. The Bulldogs will host SEC cellar dweller Kentucky on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. while the Rebels step out of conference against Idaho for homecoming on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
MSU (3-3, 0-2) and Kentucky enjoyed a weekend off to prepare for the Thursday debut for both this season. The Bulldogs practiced three days last week while breaking Friday and Saturday before returning to work Sunday.
Kentucky enters the week at 1-5 overall and 0-3 in SEC play having lost four straight. The Wildcats lone victory under first year head coach Mark Stoops came in a 41-7 blowout of Miami (OH) on Sept. 7.
UK has only scored multiple times in three contests this season.
“I think they are a much more explosive offense than I’ve seen them be in the past in putting up yards,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “They are probably not scoring as many points but they are putting up yards. That makes it scary. They are moving the ball on just about everybody they are playing and I’m sure they’ve spent the bye week fixing some of the red zone things so they can finish off drives.”
Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3) is coming off back-to-back emotional battles that were decided on last second field goals. The Rebels bounced back from a heartbreaking Texas A&M defeat to knock off No. 6 LSU 27-24 with a 41-yard field goal from Andrew Ritter.
Hugh Freeze’s squad will be heavily favored against the 1-6 Vandals, whose only win was 26-24 over Temple on Sept. 28. Idaho had a bye over the weekend following a 48-24 loss to Arkansas State on Oct. 12.