LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) – Mark Stoops wants it known: Last Saturday's loss to LSU wasn't as bad as you probably think it was.
“They outplayed us, outcoached us, but there are certainly a lot of things that we need to get corrected and can get corrected,” Stoops told reporters at his weekly press conference. “(We're) looking forward to getting back out there.”
Getting back out there and getting the team's confidence back up there as the Wildcats (5-2, 2-2 SEC) prepare for their greatest challenge of the season against the best team in the country right now: top ranked Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0 SEC).
“I think because we got whooped and had because we made some mental mistakes, sometimes that can shake somebody's confidence,” said Stoops looking back on his team's 41-3 road loss to LSU. “We'll see how they respond.”
This is the third time in four seasons the Wildcats have played a number one team. They've come up empty handed each time. The last time they beat a number 1 was back in 2007.
“Anytime you're playing a No. 1 team in the country, you're going to have great exposure,” said Stoops. “We want to play well and represent our program and what we've been doing.”
But that's not going to be easy against a Bulldog team that features a shutdown defense and quarterback Dak Prescott, a junior that many say plays like Tim Tebow.
“They're playing red hot, and it starts with their quarterback. He's as talented of a guy as there is in the country.”
Kickoff is at 3:30 Saturday from Commonwealth Stadium.