No. 20 Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at Kentucky (1-4, 0-2), 12:21 p.m. (ESPNU)
Line: Mississippi State by 14.
Series Record: Kentucky leads 21-18.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Bulldogs come off a bye seeking their first Southeastern Conference road victory. They beat Auburn 28-10 on Sept. 8. The Wildcats aim to end a three-game losing streak and earn their first SEC victory after consecutive losses to Florida and South Carolina.
Kentucky QBs Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles vs. Mississippi State defense. Maxwell Smith's ankle injury has forced both freshmen into action and they will alternate against a Bulldogs defense leading the nation in turnover margin ((plus-12), including nine interceptions. They're 40th in total defense, allowing 350 ypg.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Mississippi State: CBs Darius Slay and Johnthan Banks. The seniors have combined for seven interceptions with Slay returning one of his team-high four for a touchdown. Banks needs one more to tie Walt Harris' school record of 16.
Kentucky: LB Avery Williamson. Tied for second in the SEC at 10.2 tackles per game, the junior has reached double digits in three of five contests, including a career-best 14 against Western Kentucky.
FACTS & FIGURES
Mississippi State seeks its first 5-0 start since 1999 and fourth overall in 112 seasons. ... The Bulldogs have won four of the past five in the series including the last three. They've also won the past three at Commonwealth Stadium. ... Kentucky is facing its third consecutive unbeaten and ranked team. Its last win against a ranked team was in 2010, 31-28 over then-No. 10 South Carolina. ... Raymond Sanders leads the Wildcats with 260 rushing yards on 40 carries with two touchdowns.