This may very well be the Cats’ biggest challenge remaining to end the regular season. The Blue Raiders are 7-3 and in first place of Conference USA’s east division. MTSU has played two other SEC opponents this year, losing 35-7 to Vanderbilt in the season opener, followed by a blowout loss loss to Georgia on 9/15.
Other than those two games, MTSU, led by head coach Rick Stockstill, have had a hell of a season, becoming bowl eligible before the month of November. Since this summer, everyone has checked this game off as an automatic win, but UK is going to have to execute a game plan to secure a victory, something they haven’t done much over their last five games.
Stockstill’s son, Brent Stockstill is the Blue Raiders quarterback, and he holds most of the programs passing records. On the season, Stockstill has completed nearly 70% of his passes to go with 21 touchdowns vs. five interceptions. Ty Lee and and Patrick Smith are the main receiving targets, each catching over 40 passes for 400+ yards on the year.
All things considered, this can still be a great season for Kentucky, and nine wins is there for the taking. A big time bowl may have been wiped off the table after being blown out by the Vols, but there is still plenty to play for in these last two games of 2018.
Middle Tennessee State at Kentucky Wildcats
Where: Kroger Field Lexington, Kentucky
Game time: 12:00 pm EST on Nov. 17
TV Channel: SEC Network Alternate
Replay: WatchESPN and SEC Network (check local listings)
Radio: Tom Leach will have the UK radio network call on 630 AM and 98.1 FM in Lexington. You can listen to an online radio stream via UK Athletics.
Odds: Kentucky opened as a 14-point favorite. However, they are 0-4 against the spread when favored this season.
Prediction: ESPN’s matchup predictor gives Kentucky nearly a 90% chance to win. TeamRankings projects a 34-19 win for Kentucky.