The Kentucky Wildcats are 3-0 after a 48-10 win over Murray State.
It wasn’t the prettiest game, especially on offense, as the Wildcat could only muster up a 17-3 lead going into halftime. They’ll need to work out the kinks and find more of an offensive rhythm next week against the Mississippi St. Bulldogs, who have one of the nation’s best front sevens.
After all, the Bulldogs dominated Kentucky last year in Starkville, 45-7.
After Saturday’s game during the postgame press conference, several Kentucky players gave their thoughts on the game, including one Benny Snell. The junior running back had a solid outing against Murray State, going for 75 yards and a score on 15 carries.
However, Snell was held to just 18 yards on seven carries against the Bulldogs last year. He remembers that game very well, and he was asked about it today.
Snell made it clear last year’s debacle isn’t going to happen next week at Kroger Field.
“I’m gonna run on any team. You could be an NFL team. It don’t matter. This offense don’t fear nobody.”
It’s funny Snell says ‘NFL team,’ because the Bulldogs have multiple NFL prospects on their defense, including defensive lineman Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons. The latter is projected as high as No. 2 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft by Walter Football. Defensive back Jamal Peters has also gotten late first/early second-round buzz.
Coming into Week 3, the Bulldogs ranked 20th nationally in rushing yards per carry allowed (2.5).
Even so, Snell is very confident his offense can get the ball rolling.
“This is a good opponent. We’re not going to change any plans . Everything is different. Defense has to get some stops, and we’ve (offense) got to move the ball. They (Mississippi State) have a good defensive line up front. I know that for sure.
“So, our o-line is going to be in battle. We’re going to step it up, just like Florida. I’s a big game, and we’re going to go into it like it’s a big game.”
Saturday night at Kroger Field can’t get here fast enough.