The SEC is arguably one of the best conferences in college football and although the Thursday night college football game does not feature two of the best representatives of the conference, the game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Mississippi State Bulldogs should provide an entertaining game.
The college football betting odds for game opened up with the Bulldogs listed as (-9.5) point favorites. Due to the difficult year that the Wildcats are having, the early betting crowd has no problem laying money on the home team and swallowing the points as over 74 percent of the action is on the Bulldogs. This influx of betting volume caused a ripple in the line and the point spread can now be found at (-10.5) at the best sportsbook to bet on college football, BetOnline.
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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Preview
The Kentucky Wildcats have been very ugly on offense as they have a young team that is still growing. So let’s take a quick look at the numbers. So far this season, the MSU defense gives up 23 points per game on average. The
Kentucky offense musters up just under 18 points a game. On the flip side, MSU’s offense is scoring 30.5 points per game, and Kentucky is yielding 31 points per contest.
Both teams come into this game well rested, but neither are impressive. The Bulldogs are also coming off a bye week after going 3-3 (0-2 in the SEC). They’ve lost to Oklahoma St. (21-3), Auburn (24-20) and LSU (59-26). The wins came against Alcorn State (51-7), Troy (62-7), and Bowling Green (21-20). State is ranked at #59 with a SOS rank of 34 while UK is ranked at #86 with a SOS rank of 6. Both teams have some awful stats but what sticks out is that Mississippi St. so far this year is better only than Kentucky on third down conversions, 13th versus 14th in the league. Which means they have as much trouble scoring as the Wildcats too. The Wildcats actually have a great punter in Landon Foster, which also means that the Wildcats can win the field position battle.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Trends
The latest college football betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have some negative trends. The Bulldogs are 2-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. The Wildcats are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game, 3-13 ATS in their last 16 road games and 4-12 ATS in the last 16 games overall. So which way to go?
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Predictions
It looks like an easy slam dunk win for the Bulldogs, but hold the phone. This is a classic look ahead game. Next on the schedule are trips to play South Carolina and Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel. The Bulldogs have no fear to losing to a 1-5 Wildcats team that has been outscored by a bunch in this series. That all sets up for a letdown for the Bulldogs and a chance for Mark Stoops to get his team their first win the SEC.
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