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Mike Leach’s offense shut out for first time in his career as Kentucky routs Mississippi State

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Just two weeks after Mississippi Sate coach Mike Leach burst onto the SEC scene in record-breaking fashion in a win over defending national champion LSU, Leach’s pirate ship hit an iceberg on Saturday in a 24-2 loss at Kentucky. Mississippi State’s two points were the fewest ever scored by one of Leach’s teams in his 19 years as a coach.

Leach’s first team at Washington State in 2012 was held to single-digits four times but always mustered at least six points. His first team at Texas Tech in 2000 scored three points in its lowest output during a loss to No. 1 Nebraska.

Things got so dire for the Bulldogs in the second half that Leach benched Stanford graduate transfer quarterback K.J. Costello, the hero of the of the LSU victory, in favor of true freshman Will Rogers. Neither found any success against the Wildcats, however, as Kentucky intercepted six passes. Costello threw four interceptions while Rogers tossed two as Kentucky followed the blueprint that Arkansas established in a win over Mississippi State last week by frequently dropping eight defenders into zone coverage.

Mississippi State outgained the Wildcats 295-157 for the game as the teams combined for just 452 total yards. By comparison, Alabama and Ole Miss combined for 644 total yards just in the first half of their game Saturday. After consecutive losses to Arkansas and Kentucky, things are set to get even more difficult for Mississippi State. Next up is a game against No. 21 Texas A&M, which beat No. 4 on Florida on Saturday. Then after a bye week, the Bulldogs play No. 2 Alabama on the road.

“We’re going to have to check our group and see who really wants to play here,” Leach told reporters after the game.

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College football expert picks, predictions for Week 6, 2020: Kentucky covers against Mississippi State

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There are multiple games on the Week 6 college football schedule that should not only impact conference races, but also help shape the early-season College Football Playoff picture. The latest Week 6 college football odds from William Hill show top-ranked Clemson as a 14-point home favorite against No. 7 Miami (FL). No. 8 North Carolina is laying 4.5 points at home against No. 19 Virginia Tech.

No. 3 Georgia has a 12.5-point edge against No. 14 Tennessee in the 3:30 p.m. ET SEC on CBS matchup. Where are the best values for Week 6 college football bets in those marquee matchups and others around the nation? Before locking anything in for this weekend’s action, be sure to see the top Week 6 college football expert picks, predictions and best bets from Barrett Sallee.

Sallee is a true insider — a CBS Sports analyst, SiriusXM host, Heisman voter and consistently one of the top CBS Sports experts picking games against the spread — and his best bets have helped bring in huge returns. He debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and has delivered in a big way, posting a winning record in his weekly college football best bets column since that point. 

He went 59-35-2 (63 percent, plus $2,037) on all his college football picks for SportsLine in 2019, and he also enters Week 6 of the 2020 college football season on a 49-28 streak on his best bets since the start of last year. Anybody who has been following him is way up.

Now, he has turned his attention to the Week 6 college football odds from William Hill and is sharing his top three best bets over at SportsLine. Get his top college football picks now. 

Top Week 6 college football expert predictions

One of Sallee’s top college football picks