K-State football fans have had a lot to cheer so far this season. This Saturday we get a lot better idea how good the Wildcats actually are.
The Kansas State Wildcats (2-0, 0-0 Big 12, NR/NR) travel to SEC country to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-0, 0-0 SEC, RV/23) in both teams’ top non-conference game of the season. The winners will roll into the conference season with momentum on their side, while the losers will have to regroup.
Quarterbacks Skylar Thompson for K-State and Tommy Stevens for Mississippi State have both been efficient so far this season. Likewise, Wildcat James Gilbert and Bulldog Kylin Hill have both impressed, with both running backs passing the century mark every game of the young season.
A week ago, K-State walloped Bowling Green early, got the starters plenty of rest, and continued to control the game in a 52-0 victory. Meanwhile, Mississippi State pulled out to a 28-point lead in the third quarter before coasting to a 38-15 victory over Southern Miss.
The Wildcats and Bulldogs have faced each other three times, with Mississippi State prevailing on the field all three times (but having to forfeit a 1977 game after the fact). Last year in Manhattan, the Bulldogs rolled 31-10 in a game that wasn’t as competitive as the score suggests.
Sports books have Mississippi State as 7.5-point favorites and an over/under of 52, which combines to project a final score of around 30-22, Bulldogs.
The game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. CDT at Davis Wade Stadium (capacity 61,337) in Starkville, Miss.
As of lunchtime on Friday, plenty of tickets are available on the secondary market, including lower-level tickets for as little as $10.
ESPN will carry the game on TV, with Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Dan Orlovsky (analyst), and Allison Williams (sidelines) calling the action.
Please note: A dispute between ESPN parent company Disney and DirecTV parent company AT&T could result in DirecTV customers losing access to ESPN (and other Disney channels) for an indefinite period of time. You can still get the game through certain cord-cutting services, but don’t wait to the last minute to figure out if you will need one.
The K-State Sports Network’s A team of Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst), and Matt Walters (sidelines) will call the game for radio. In addition to terrestrial radio, the game will be carried on Sirius channel 119, XM Channel 199, and the TuneIn app.