College football week two! The stakes are higher, and the competition is tougher.
The 18th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0 SEC) visit the Kansas State Wildcats (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) for the first time since the theme from “Star Wars” was the No. 1 song in America. This game represents a big step up in competition from week one for both teams and could be a big momentum boost for the winner.
Mississippi State started the season with a 63-6 victory over Stephen F. Austin, while K-State had to mount a second-half comeback to win against South Dakota in week one.
The Bulldogs and Wildcats faced twice more than 40 years ago. Mississippi State won both games on the field, 21-16 in 1974 in Starkville and 24-21 in 1977 in Manhattan, but the Bulldogs later had to forfeit the 1977 game for playing an ineligible player, defensive lineman Larry Gillard.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium (official capacity 50,000) in Manhattan, Kansas.
As of Friday night, a selection of oddsmakers have Mississippi State as favorites by 7 to 7.5 points, with an over/under of 54. That suggests a final score of 30-23 or 31-23 in favor of the Bulldogs.
A number of tickets remained available from K-State at prices as low as $30 as of Friday night.
The game will be shown nationally on ESPN with Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, and Molly McGrath calling the game.
Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters with call the game for radio on the Kansas State Sports Network, as well as Sirius Channel 134, XM Channel 199, and the TuneIn app.
The K-State offense finally clicks, sustaining and finishing drives, while the Wildcat defense stalls out the Bulldogs in the red zone repeatedly. K-State 31, Mississippi State 23.