MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS 3-3 (0-2)
OCTOBER 24, 2013 – 7:30 PM
DAVIS WADE STADIUM – STARKVILLE, MS
TV – ESPN
KENTUCKY LEADS SERIES 21-19
10/6/2012: Mississippi State 27 KENTUCKY 14
10/29/2011: Mississippi State 28 KENTUCKY 16
10/30/2010: Mississippi State 24 KENTUCKY 17
10/31/2009: Mississippi State 31 KENTUCKY 24
11/1/2008: KENTUCKY 14 Mississippi State 13
At one time, this series could be classified as almost a sure win on the schedule for Kentucky. Kentucky won five of seven games in this series from 2002-2008 and most of the games were very close affairs. Then the Bulldogs made a big hire, luring Florida assistant Dan Mullen, and the Bulldogs have not lost to Kentucky since. Mullen has done a good job at Mississippi State leading the Bulldogs to three straight wins, but he has been unable to finish higher than fourth in the tough SEC West.
The Bulldogs are 3-3 on the season, but are winless in the SEC and are coming off a 21-20 win over Bowling Green. Even though Mullen has brought the Bulldogs to three straight bowls, he is just 13-21 in the SEC and if you throw out the four Kentucky wins, just 9-21. Mullen’s job at Mississippi State is very similar to the job Rich Brooks did at Kentucky as he has the Bulldogs respectable, but unable to take the next step thus far.
Considering that LSU crushed the Bulldogs 59-26 earlier this season, it appears that the Bulldogs are still not going to make that leap to elite this year either. The UK/Mississippi State games are always close and it raise the question whether Kentucky’s big hire in Mark Stoops can turn the tide in the rivalry and win his first SEC game. With that in mind, let’s meet the Bulldogs.