The kick time and TV designation are set for Kentucky’s Oct. 15 home game against Mississippi State.
The No. 13 Wildcats (4-1) and Bulldogs (4-1) kick off at Kroger Field at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
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Mississippi State leads the all-time series 25-24, including a 31-17 win at Starkville last season. The home side have won each of the last six meetings. Kentucky beat the Bulldogs 24-2 at Lexington in 2020.
MSU is coached by a former British assistant mike leach, who is in his third season as head coach. He spent two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Hal Granny in 1997-98, where he coached Tim Couch to a fourth-place finish for the Heisman Trophy in 1998.
The Bulldogs started 4-1 with wins over Memphis (49-23), Arizona (39-17), Bowling Green (45-14) and Texas A&M (42-24). His only loss came at LSU 31-16.
Mississippi State is led by quarterback Will Rogers, who has completed 73.1% of his passes this season for 1,715 yards and 19 touchdowns against just three interceptions. In last season’s win over Kentucky, Rogers completed 36 of 39 passes (92.3 percent) for 344 yards and a score.
The Bulldogs have four wide receivers with over 200 receiving yards this season, led by Rara Thomas, who caught 20 balls for 359 yards and three touchdowns. Come back Dillon Johnson rushed for 302 yards on 6.0 yards per carry and a touchdown while catching 25 balls for 150 yards
The Wildcats, meanwhile, after four straight wins to start the season, are coming off their first loss, a 22-19 loss to the 14th-placed Ole Miss on Saturday.
Strategist Will Levis completed 18 of 24 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, but also lost a pair of fumbles and took a safety. Kentucky has had scoring opportunities on Rebel territory in each of its last three practices, but has come away with zero points to show for it.
Saturday also marked the return of the running back Chris Rodriguez after missing the first four games of the season. After the Wildcats averaged 2.4 yards per carry in four games without him, Rodriguez gave the UK a semblance of a running game again, finishing with 72 yards on 19 carries, including a touchdown run for 10 yards while catching three passes for 40 yards.
The Kentucky defense ranks seventh nationally in pass efficiency defense, 14th in goal defense, 17th in total defense, and 48th in rushing defense. In two games on the road in Florida and Ole Miss, the British defense held the Gators and Rebels to a combined three-pointer, 212 total yards, 13 first downs and 4 of 14 on third conversions.
The United Kingdom will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host South Carolina this weekend. The Wildcats and Gamecocks will also kick off Kroger Field at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
Kentucky has won seven of the last eight meetings in the series against South Carolina and each of the last four meetings played at Lexington.