Kentucky are enjoying a few well-deserved days off after their 30-13 loss to No.1 Georgia on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats are on a week off, but are on a 6-1 start this year as they prepare for the final five games of the season. Kentucky now knows the playing time for their next game, which will be against Mississippi State on October 30.
The SEC announced Monday that the Kentucky-Mississippi State game will begin at 7 p.m. ET on the SEC network. Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 24-2 in last year’s meeting at Kroger Field in Lexington.
Kentucky started 6-0 for the first time since 1950 before their loss to Georgia. The Bulldogs became the favorites to win not only the SEC but also the national championship. Kentucky’s week off comes at a great time given the physical toll that is taking place against a team like Georgia. The Head Coach Mark Stoops said the team would return to work on Tuesday in preparation for the state of Mississippi.
“Our team knows we have a good football team,” Stoops said after Georgia’s loss. “We have to come back and have good practices. We cannot go too far ahead of us. Every Saturday crazy things happen. It seemed to me that there were also different things going on today. It’s college football. Sometimes it’s chaos. You have to focus on yourself and rest a little. But I’m not going to give it up too hard or too far. We have to get this through. We are lucky to have a good team and to do special things. We have to get back to it. “
The state of Mississippi had a week off this weekend. It’s off to a 3-3 start with some good wins and a few closing losses. The Bulldogs trailed 31-14 in the fourth quarter of the season opener against Louisiana Tech before rallying for a 35-34 victory. Mike Leach’s team followed the win with a 24-10 victory over a ranked team from North Carolina State. But then the Bulldogs suffered back-to-back heartbreakers. They lost 31-29 to Memphis, then lost a 28-25 home game to LSU. He then traveled to Texas A&M and scored a big win on route 26-22. After a week off, the state of Mississippi was strangled at home 49-9 by the Alabama Crimson Tide. He’s going to Vanderbilt this weekend looking to move up to 4-3 this season.
The Kentucky-Mississippi State series has been going back and forth since 2016. Mississippi State won all games of the 2009-15 game before the Wildcats took a 40-38 victory at the Kroger. Field in 2016. Austin MacGinnis logged on from a 51-yard field goal at the end of time to give Stoops his first win over the Bulldogs. Since then, the home team have won every game. Kentucky has not won at Mississippi State since 2008. The all-time series is tied at 24 games apiece.