Mississippi State is all but guaranteed to hold on to the No. 1 spot for another week. The Bulldogs play FCS Tennessee-Martin Saturday (apparently leaving Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly frustrated) in a game expected to be a shootout.
The Bulldogs come fresh off a 17-10 victory over Arkansas, one of two teams still winless in SEC play. That came a week after a narrow 45-31 win over Kentucky, and Mississippi State will look to push forward their legitimacy as the No. 1 team in the country by putting away an easy opponent. That shouldn't be a problem -- they beat Southern Mississippi and South Alabama by a combined score of 84-3 earlier this season -- and we'll just have to wait and see how many points they can pile up.
The Skyhawks are a middle-of-the-pack Ohio Valley Conference team, but are currently riding a four-game winning streak. They opened their season with a 59-14 loss at Kentucky and finish the season with a tough trip to Eastern Illinois after this one.
How to watch, listen, and stream
Game time: 4 p.m. ET.
TV: SEC Network.
Radio: Here's a list of affiliates for Mississippi State.
Online streaming: WatchESPN.
Rankings and records: Mississippi State is the top-ranked team in each poll. UT-Martin is unranked. The Bulldogs are 8-0 while the Skyhawks are 5-5.
Vegas: No line listed.
Weather forecast: High of 64 and mostly sunny.
Two things at stake
Mississippi State has a chance to record their first commanding victory since mid-September.
UT-Martin has a chance to keep this game closer than their first one against an SEC opponent this season -- a 59-14 loss to Kentucky.
One big matchup
Dak Prescott vs. UT-Martin defense. The Mississippi State quarterback hasn't quite put up his usual rushing numbers in recent games, but he could cause major problems as a bruising ground presence against an FCS defense. Same goes for bowling ball running back Josh Robinson -- try and count with your friends how many Skyhawks it takes to bring him down.
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