Kentucky looks to avoid third loss in a row against upset-minded Middle Tennessee St.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky Wildcats have lost two straight and have dropped to No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25, but there is still much to play for as a New Year's Day bowl is not out of the question.

The Wildcats have a tricky Senior Day matchup against Middle Tennessee State Saturday, as the Blue Raiders (6-1, 7-3) are still hoping to win their division in Conference USA heading into the final two games of their season.

Kentucky is a two-touchdown home favorite, and the Wildcats are hoping to improve on the offensive side of the ball after their fifth straight game being held under 20 points. The Blue Raider defense has been respectable this season, holding all but one conference opponent under 28 points. The team has struggled against SEC competition, losing by 28 to Vanderbilt and 42 to Georgia early in the season.

Middle Tennessee is led by senior quarterback Brent Stockstill, who is completing 69 percent of his passes with a 21-5 TD-INT ratio. He set a season-high in passing yards against UTEP Saturday with 352 yards. Kentucky's defense will be among his toughest tests, and the Blue Raiders have only scored seven points in each of their other games against SEC opposition.

Kickoff is scheduled for noon Saturday at Kroger Field. The game will air on the SEC Network alternate channel.

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