Mississippi State vs. Kentucky FREE LIVE STREAM (10/10/20): Watch SEC, college football online | Time, TV, channel. Mississippi State faces Kentucky in an SEC college football game at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky, on Saturday, October 10, 2020 (10/10/20).
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says reserve running back Kavosiey Smoke is out “a couple of weeks” after breaking a rib during Saturday’s overtime home loss to Mississippi.
Smoke was not listed on the Wildcats’ depth chart for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference home game against Mississippi State (1-1, 1-1). Stoops revealed the sophomore was injured on a horse-collar tackle during his weekly news conference and added, “We’ll see how the pain goes” in determining the length of his absence.
Smoke rushed five times for 29 yards before halftime, including a 19-yard run to the Rebels’ 6 to set up the Wildcats’ first touchdown, but did not return in the 42-41 loss.
Known for his explosives, Smoke is Kentucky’s No. 4 rusher with 91 yards and a TD at Auburn on 12 carries for the Wildcats (0-2, 0-2 SEC).
Two coaches and almost three years since Arkansas last won a Southeastern Conference game, the Razorbacks took down the team that was the talk of college football last week.
Feleipe Franks threw two touchdown passes and Arkansas intercepted K.J. Costello three times as the Razorbacks broke a 20-game SEC losing streak by upsetting No. 16 Mississippi State 21-14 on Saturday night.
“The mood in the locker room was probably everything you might expect,” first-year Arkansas Sam Pittman said. “The kids have gone for a long time without having an opportunity to win. And against a team, I mean, that’s a ranked football team and for us to come in here their place and win, the guys are ecstatic.”
A week after a record-breaking and stunning upset against LSU, the Bulldogs (1-1) and new coach Mike Leach hardly looked like the same team. Costello was 43 of 59 for 313 yards and one touchdown.
“I didn’t think we read the field very well,” Leach said. “Most of our problems out there – offense, defense, special teams – were because our eyes just weren’t in the right place. We’re not experienced enough or talented enough for that.”
Costello and the Air Raid shredded LSU for a Southeastern Conference record 623 yards passing, but the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs in the red zone twice in the fourth quarter and also lost a fumble against Arkansas. They were 6-of-17 on third down.
“There’s so much momentum to be had that we didn’t seize, regardless of the coverage,” Costello said. “I mean, we completed the ball all over the field, but we’ve got to finish in critical situations. And I’ve got to take care of the football, bottom line.”
Kylin Hill, the Bulldogs’ leading rusher from a season ago, left the game after taking a hard hit in the first quarter and never returned.
Greg Brooks Jr. returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown to put Arkansas (1-1) on top early and the Razorbacks led 14-7 at the half.
Arkansas managed only 275 yards of total offense and 24 minutes of possession. That turned out to be enough.
Franks was 20-of-28 for 212 yards.
“It’s just a start,” Franks said. “It’s a great start. We’ll celebrate and then next week prepare to get another one. That’s the thing about the SEC. It’s not a one-week season. We’ll enjoy it, but we’ll get to work next week and try to get a win.”
Arkansas had not won an SEC game since beating Mississippi Oct. 28, 2017, under Bret Bielema. The past two seasons under Chad Morris the Razorbacks went winless in the SEC and then hired Pittman, a longtime offensive line coach, away from Georgia.
Mississippi State @ Kentucky
Current Records: Mississippi State 1-1; Kentucky 0-2
What to Know
Get ready for an SEC battle as the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats will face off at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Kroger Field. Coming off of a loss in a game they were expected to win, the Bulldogs nows face the more daunting task of proving themselves against unfavorable odds.
MSU came up short against the Arkansas Razorbacks last week, falling 21-14. If the result catches you off guard, it should: MSU was the far and away favorite. QB K.J. Costello wasn’t much of a difference maker for MSU and threw three interceptions with only 5.31 yards per passing attempt.
Meanwhile, UK missed a PAT kick in overtime against the Ole Miss Rebels last week, and it came back to haunt them. UK lost to Ole Miss in overtime 42-41. The defeat was just more heartbreak for the Wildcats, who fell 37-34 when the teams previously met in November of 2017. Despite the loss, they got a solid performance out of QB Terry Wilson, who accumulated 151 passing yards in addition to rushing for three TDs and 129 yards.
After unsatisfying finishes in their previous games, both teams are out for the full three points in this fixture. The teams are out to make things right after dropping matches they were expected to win, so stay tuned to see which squad bounces back.
How To Watch
When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Kroger Field — Lexington, Kentucky
TV: SEC Network
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Ticket Cost: $55.00
The Wildcats are a 3-point favorite against the Bulldogs, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 3-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Mississippi State have won three out of their last five games against Kentucky.
Sep 21, 2019 – Mississippi State 28 vs. Kentucky 13
Sep 22, 2018 – Kentucky 28 vs. Mississippi State 7
Oct 21, 2017 – Mississippi State 45 vs. Kentucky 7
Oct 22, 2016 – Kentucky 40 vs. Mississippi State 38
Oct 24, 2015 – Mississippi State 42 vs. Kentucky 16