Despite losing to the Georgia Bulldogs at home last week, the Kentucky Wildcats are still alive in the SEC East, which is like saying all the characters in World War Z are still alive in the SEC East. Mississippi St. is riding the conference’s second-longest winning streak, but is probably not going to be playing in Atlanta this year either*.
Still, this game isn’t quite the SEC backlot it once was. Each has beaten a ranked team, and both came within four points of upsetting the No. 1 Auburn Tigers. The Bulldogs are bowl-eligible for only the second time since 2000, while Kentucky’s four-year bowl streak, its longest ever, should be in good shape with an FCS freebie, the [Nazi joke] Tennessee Volunteers, and the Vanderbilt Commodores on deck.
Styles make fights, and the Bulldogs’ 14th-ranked defense should be a good match for Kentucky’s 23rd-ranked air attack. Also, if anybody’s capable of actually giving up a passing yard or twenty to Missy State, it’s Big Blue.
* Yes, they actually have a decent shot at the Chick Fil A Bowl, Preemptive Pedantic Footnote.
TV time: 6 on ESPNU.