Oct 6, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; A Kentucky Wildcats cheerleader during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Commonwealth Stadium. Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 27-14. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky (Summer) Game Preview

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For the fourth time in Mullen’s six years MSU will play in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats have not won an SEC game since beating Tennessee to end the 2011 season. Most fans have this game marked as a ‘W’ on the schedule, but Mark Stoops is looking to field a more competitive team this year….just one year after it took a Kendrick Market game-saving tackle to salvage the Bulldogs victory in 2013.

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I don’t expect State to run right over Kentucky. With a coach in his second season and the optimism around the program right now they’ll view this game as one they can win. Even if MSU has a really good record and is nationally ranked, they took the Bulldogs to the wire last year so they know they can play with us. You know Stoops is going to have the defense playing better, and seven returning starters on offense points to the opportunity for marked improvement.

Mullen has had Kentucky’s number, he’s 5-0. To continue that streak the Dawgs will have to stay focused. The good news is they have a week to prepare for the game and get mentally right. Although they had a week last year and it didn’t seem to help. The Cats will be coming off a trip to Baton Rouge the week before.

Stoops’ first big recruiting haul won’t have much affect on this game. MSU is more talented and experienced at most every position. If State plays their A game, even on the road this game will not be in doubt in the 4th quarter. Will State play their A game though? Mullen and the boys have always come out on top, but it’s been close a few times. Hopefully Kentucky getting over the hump against us doesn’t happen for a while.

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