Kentucky Wildcats at Mississippi State Bulldogs: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 217 ViewsOn 10/20/2013 11:06 AM in NCAA Football
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Mississippi State Bulldogs will take center stage this week as they are highlighted on the Thursday night college football game on ESPN this week. Although they are not two of the best teams to watch in the SEC they should still put on a good show for this prime time event.
Kentucky Wildcats at Mississippi State Bulldogs Odds
The college football odds for this game will be interesting to watch as this line will be heavily bet leading up to kick off since it will be on national television. The one thing to watch here will be how the Wildcats offense can adjust and if they will make a change at the helm.
When Neal Brown was hired last winter to run Kentucky’s offense under Mark Stoops, people rejoiced. Brown would bring the beloved Air Raid back to the bluegrass. Passing yards and sirens were bound to follow. It hasn’t exactly turned out that way. Kentucky’s offense has struggled to move the ball, especially in the passing game. Football is a team sport and everyone carries some responsibility but the quarterback position in particular has hindered the Wildcat offense. Jalen Whitlow seemed to possibly put it together against South Carolina but was promptly injured in the first quarter against Alabama.
Neal Brown now has a decision to make. Depending on the health of Whitlow’s ankle, Maxwell Smith will likely start the game against Mississippi State in Starkville. His backup will be either Reese Phillips or more likely Patrick Towles. If Whitlow is expected to miss multiple games, it may be in Kentucky’s best interest to pull the redshirt off of a guy like Towles and hand him the keys for a few games. This is a tough call to make but it could give the Wildcats an edge against Mississippi State.
The college football betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have some positive betting angles. The Wildcats are 7-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 8 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS when playing a team with a losing record and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games.
Kentucky Wildcats at Mississippi State Bulldogs Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check back on the day of the game to see who we select as our winner for this big game.