With Kentucky’s eyes on Thursday night verses Mississippi State there are a few keys to the game that I see if Kentucky wants to pull out a win in Starkville. At 3-2 the offense of Mississippi State is more of an option type with speedy quarterback Dak Prescott and the helm. Prescott has been pretty efficient this year as he leads the Bulldogs in passing and in rushing. Keeping him contained will be huge for the Wildcats if they are going to win this game. Miss State is coming off a 1 point victory against Bowling Green which I’m sure when 7:30 comes around on Thursday they will have that to fuel them against this Wildcat squad.
For the Wildcats the keys to the game are going to be sticking to the fundamentals on both sides of the ball. What that means for the offense is keep the Bulldogs defense guessing with run plays to open up our passing game for Maxwell Smith or Patrick Towles whoever is chosen to quarterback this team. That’s why Raymond Sanders is someone that I chose to be a key player for this matchup, if he gets it going early that will surely open up the air raid passing attack to our play-making wide receivers in Blue and Timmons.
On defense the Cats fundamentals and mental toughness will be severely tested as Prescott will stretch the field with his arm and especially his legs. The Cats will have to stay on their toes and make sure to cover their lanes because if not this game could get ugly very quickly. Discipline is something that Wildcats Defensive Coordinator DJ Eliot preaches about every week and the veterans on this defensive side of the ball will have to step up in order to take some of the pressure off of our younger guys. These younger guys have surely stepped up this year and have matured very quickly with the incredible talent they have faced but these last few games are going to be the most important ones for the Wildcats as a team going forward.