The time has come for the fans to get what they want. Patrick Towles will see playing time in all likelihood on Saturday afternoon. How much he will see is debatable. Jalen Whitlow performed admirably against South Carolina last Saturday night and even had Kentucky in the lead for the first half. But Towles is the Kentucky boy and the four star Parade All American. Big Blue Nation wants to see what the kid’s got.
#20 Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0) at Kentucky Wildcats (1-4, 0-2): Saturday October 6th, 12:21 PM
Like I said above, the Wildcats held tough with the Gamecocks and went into halftime leading 17-7. But the wheels came off as a young UK team was overwhelmed and overpowered by one of the best teams in the country. Jalen Whitlow threw for 114 yards but threw two costly interceptions. The young defense did well to hold the Gamecocks for a while, but Connor Shaw and Marcus Lattimore started running all over the ‘Cats and racked up 200 yards. Whitlow showed some serious athletic ability while running the ball and that may be his main job on Saturday as we all will finally see what Towles can do in the air.
The Bulldogs are coming off a bye week. They are ranked in the top 20, undefeated and looking to stay that way. While they haven’t really defeated any team worthy of note (besides a 1-3 Auburn team) they bring a lot to the table, namely a defense that is only allowing 13.3 points a game so far this season. It’s going to be tough for Kentucky’s two young quarterbacks to make this MSU defense budge, and they will need plenty of help from Jonathan George, Raymond Sanders and Dyshawn Mobely, all who have looked very good as of late.
I’m not expecting any miracles from Towles and Whitlow but the youth movement that this team is experiencing has to break through at some point. And this just might be the game to do it. Especially if the defense keeps improving.
Kentucky Wildcats 30-Mississippi State 27