Mississippi State has to be disappointed with where they are right now. Sitting at 4-3 despite playing some great football this year. Losing to Memphis by 2 and LSU by 3 were heart breaking losses, and if they had been wins then the Bulldogs might be fighting for a playoff spot like Ole Miss is.
Instead, Mississippi State looks like a mediocre SEC team. That's just not a fair look at the team considering their play for the majority of the season. Now they get to prove that, as they play #12 Kentucky.
In one the biggest surprises on the betting market this week, Mississippi Stat is favored in this game. Oddsmakers have made the Bulldogs 1 point favorites, and they're given +100 odds to win the game outright. That's a 50% chance to pull off the upset. Meanwhile, Kentucky is also given +100 odds, or a 50% chance to pull this game out.
Kentucky and Mississippi State have played each other 48 times in their history. Kentucky and Mississippi State have split the series 24 games a piece.
The series has been very back and forth in recent years. The Bulldogs won 7 straight from 2009-2015. Since then, the two teams have alternated wins.
Kentucky in 2016, 2018, and 2020, and Mississippi State in 2017 and 2019. So the trend says it should be Mississippi State in this year's game.
Mississippi State's play and record don't match up right now. They have a chance to show the country just how good they are when they go up against the #12 team in the country tonight.
This isn't a must win game, or anything like that. It's simply a chance for Mississippi State to put their names back on the map in the SEC.