Mississippi State-Kentucky: Live updates, score, analysis for Week 8 game (October 21, 2017)

Mississippi State football faces Kentucky on Saturday, October 21, 2017, in a game that will play a big part in determining the SEC standings. Follow along with live updates and analysis below.

The Bulldogs are coming off a win against BYU last week and return to SEC play. Kentucky is coming off of a bye week, and beat Missouri in the previous game.

Below find me time, TV channel, live stream, odds and picks for the Mississippi State-Kentucky game.

Mississippi State-Kentucky football score, live updates

Some mobile users can find live updates here.

15:00 1Q: Kentucky 0, Mississippi State 0

Mississippi State-Kentucky football:  game time, details

Time: 4 p.m. ET

Date: October 21, 2017

Location: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Miss.

Line: Mississippi State -10.5 (according to MyBookie.ag)

Which TV channel is Mississippi State-Kentucky on?

The SEC Network will broadcast the Kentucky-Mississippi football game.

Find the SEC Network on your local cable provider.

How can I watch Mississippi State-Kentucky online?

The Kentucky-Mississippi State football game can be watched online at WatchESPN or via the WatchESPN app.

How can I listen to Mississippi State-Kentucky on the radio?

The Kentucky-Mississippi State football game will be broadcast on the radio via the UK Sports Network. Find your local radio affiliate here.

The Kentucky-Mississippi State football game will also be broadcast on satellite radio on XM Channel 191 and Sirius Channel 145.

Mississippi State-Kentucky football: Preview, keys to the game

Mississippi State rushing yards: O/U 199.5 yards

Joe Mussatto: Over. This one is tricky because it’s strength vs. strength. Mississippi State averages 262 rushing yards per game — third in the SEC and 14th in the nation. Kentucky is allowing 97 rushing yards per game — third in the SEC and 10th in the nation. There’s a huge gap between those two averages, but I think things are going to lean Mississippi State’s way. Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is a big threat in the run game and Kentucky hasn’t seen a rushing attack quite like this.

Kyle Tucker: Over. The Bulldogs have rushed for 280-plus in four of six games so far, and while Kentucky ranks 10th nationally in run defense, it hasn’t exactly faced fearsome rushing attacks. And the last opponent, Missouri, rushed for 213 yards (6.5 per carry) on the Cats.

Stephen Johnson pass attempts: O/U 20.5

Joe Mussatto: Over. If we learned anything from the Missouri game, it’s that offensive coordinator Eddie Gran does indeed trust Stephen Johnson to throw the ball when needed. It’s no secret Kentucky wants to establish Benny Snell and the run game, but Johnson’s attempts have steadily increased. Here are his number of attempts starting from Week 1: 20, 22, 25, 25, 27, 36. Those 36 attempts last week were a career high. He’s not likely to reach that mark Saturday but look for him to be in the 25-30 range.

Kyle Tucker: Over. He’s attempted 22-plus in each of the last five games and his attempts increased from 25 to 27 to 36 over the last three. Kentucky can’t run it like last season and needs Johnson, who the staff trusts more than ever, to help win games in 2017.

Kentucky turnovers: O/U 1.5

Joe Mussatto:  Under. Kentucky turned the ball over just 5 times in its first six games. Johnson has thrown just 2 interceptions and his ball security has been one of the most positive upgrades from where he was last season. Kentucky’s offense struggles at times, but it doesn’t often turn over the ball.

Kyle Tucker:  Under. The Cats are one of the best teams in the country at taking care of the football. They’ve had multiple turnovers just once all season.

Kentucky-Mississippi State spread, predictions

Kentucky vs. Mississippi State (-11)

Joe Mussatto: I was surprised to see Mississippi State open as a double-digit favorite. Kentucky has played in nothing but close games and Mississippi State has either blown out its opponent or been blown out. I think this one stays close all four quarters, but Mississippi State’s defense plus playing at home give the Bulldogs a slight advantage. Mississippi State’s defense is second in the SEC against the pass and fifth against the run. Kentucky’s offensive line has to be better than it’s been all season for the Wildcats to win.  Mississippi State 26, Kentucky 20

Kyle Tucker: The Wildcats keep it close, but their run of road success finally ends in Starkville.  Mississippi State 27, Kentucky 24

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