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Kentucky vs. Mississippi State: What’s at stake

The Cats are already in must-win territory.

Mississippi State v Kentucky Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

I’m getting tired of this losing thing.

The Kentucky Wildcats are 0-2 now and could really use a big win over the Mississippi St. Bulldogs to boost their confidence going into a trip to Knoxville a week later. Losing to Ole Miss isn’t the end of the world, but derailing Mississippi State’s bandwagon would help get theirs out of the parking lot.

Let’s dive into what’s at stake this Saturday:

If Kentucky Wins:

  • They’ll be 45-46 under Mark Stoops.
  • Their all-time record will be 624-628-44, only four games shy of 50-50.
  • They’ll improve to 24-24-0 against the Bulldogs, and snap a 1-game losing “streak.”
  • They’ll have won 3 of the past 5 contests against Mississippi State.
  • They’ll be 19-10 since the start of the historic 2018 season.
  • They’ll be 13-5 under QB Terry Wilson.
  • They’ll be out of the CBS Bottom 25 (how embarrassing!)
  • They’ll look better going into their trip to Tennessee.
  • All UK fans will be very pleased.

If Kentucky Loses:

  • They’ll remain in the CBS Bottom 25.
  • They’ll be staring down a possible 0-5 (gasp!) start with difficult games looming against Tennessee and Georgia.
  • They’ll be miles away from the AP Poll and be facing an uphill climb just to make a bowl.

Gains from winning: Very big for season outlook

Consequences from losing: Very bad. 0-3 would be miles away from where they want to be.

Hardest Opponent Scale: This is the 5th easiest opponent they’ll face, but the Bulldogs did just lose to Arkansas, who was riding a 20-game SEC losing streak.

I’m ready for some wins and I know the team is too. If they leave it all out there I think they can put the last two games behind them and get back on track.

Go ‘Cats!