Kentucky gaining confidence ahead of Mississippi State

10/17/2016 05:25 PM

Thanks to Tennessee’s 49-10 loss to Alabama on Saturday, Kentucky is now tied for second in the SEC East. The Wildcats have a very winnable game on Saturday against a Mississippi State team that sits at the bottom of the SEC West and has lost three of their last four games, including a 28-21 double overtime loss to BYU on Saturday.

Kentucky needs to win three more games to become bowl eligible and if they can win two of the next three games against Mississippi State (2-4), Missouri (2-4) and Georgia (4-3), then they are essentially bowl eligible assuming they beat an 0-6 Austin Peay team on November 19.

Mark Stoops stressed the importance of making sure his team continues to take the season one game at a time.

“We’re ready for another big night,” said Stoops earlier this afternoon. “Really looking forward to the challenge of playing Mississippi State and being at home for a night game. It should be a beautiful weekend and I’m really looking forward to this game.”

The latest ESPN bowl projections by Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach have Kentucky in a bowl game. McMurphy has Kentucky playing Temple (4-3) in the Birmingham Bowl on December 29 in Birmingham, Alabama. Schlabach projects Kentucky to meet up with Texas (3-3) in the Autozone Liberty Bowl on December 30 in Memphis, Tennessee.

How confident should fans be that Kentucky can make a bowl game at this point of the season? We discuss.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton Abernathy is the producer for KSTV. A recent graduate from the University of Kentucky with a degree in journalism, Clayton covered UK sports throughout his four year college career for various radio and television stations, including an internship with KSTV last summer. He is passionate about UK sports, and loves to apply that passion to his work every day. He loves to eat, run, explore nature, jam with his buddies, and play basketball and golf on the weekends. You can follow Clayton on Twitter @Abernathy_cn2.

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