SEC Football Preview: Kentucky at South Carolina

Kentucky-South Carolina game preview

Kentucky faces South Carolina on Saturday in Columbia. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Kentucky

2-Sep vs. Ball State W 44 – 14
9-Sep vs. Eastern Kentucky W 28 – 17
16-Sep vs. Akron W 35 – 3
23-Sep at Vanderbilt W 45 – 28
30-Sep vs. Florida W 33 – 14
7-Oct at Georgia L 13 – 51
14-Oct vs. Missouri L 21 – 38
28-Oct vs. Tennessee L 27 – 33
4-Nov at Mississippi State W 24 – 3
11-Nov vs. Alabama L 21 – 49
18-Nov at South Carolina
25-Nov at Louisville

South Carolina

2-Sep vs. North Carolina* L 17 – 31
9-Sep vs. Furman W 47 – 21
16-Sep at Georgia L 14 – 24
23-Sep vs. Mississippi State W 37 – 30
30-Sep at Tennessee L 20 – 41
14-Oct vs. Florida L 39 – 41
21-Oct at Missouri L 12 – 34
28-Oct at Texas A&M L 17 – 30
4-Nov vs. Jacksonville State W 38 – 28
11-Nov vs. Vanderbilt W 47 – 6
18-Nov vs. Kentucky
25-Nov vs. Clemson

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Kentucky South Carolina
ESPN FPI 40 37
Sagarin 41 42
Massey Composite 41 58
PiRate Ratings 31 36

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Kentucky
South Carolina
82
98
8
10
0.375
0.353
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense South Carolina
Kentucky
100
107
11
12
0.425
0.442
4th Down Conversion Pct South Carolina
Kentucky
112
130
11
14
0.350
0.125
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Kentucky
South Carolina
59
112
9
13
0.500
0.636
Blocked Kicks South Carolina
Kentucky
2
17
1
4
4
2
Blocked Kicks Allowed South Carolina
Kentucky
1
95
1
11
0
2
Blocked Punts South Carolina 2 1 2
Blocked Punts Allowed South Carolina
Kentucky
1
78
1
10
0
1
Completion Percentage South Carolina
Kentucky
8
98
3
13
0.703
0.570
Defensive TDs Kentucky
South Carolina
1
50
1
8
4
1
Fewest Penalties Kentucky
South Carolina
96
111
9
12
68
73
Fewest Penalties Per Game Kentucky
South Carolina
99
114
9
12
6.80
7.30
Fewest Penalty Yards South Carolina
Kentucky
75
89
9
12
541
564
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game South Carolina
Kentucky
75
90
9
12
54.10
56.40
First Downs Defense Kentucky
South Carolina
67
104
10
13
201
219
First Downs Offense South Carolina
Kentucky
91
106
10
12
188
176
Fumbles Lost Kentucky
South Carolina
30
30
4
4
4
4
Fumbles Recovered Kentucky
South Carolina
69
69
2
2
5
5
Kickoff Return Defense South Carolina
Kentucky
53
101
6
11
18.60
22.36
Kickoff Returns Kentucky
South Carolina
24
117
5
14
23.00
16.42
Net Punting South Carolina
Kentucky
30
106
7
14
40.41
36.36
Passes Had Intercepted South Carolina
Kentucky
38
56
7
10
7
8
Passes Intercepted Kentucky
South Carolina
46
62
7
10
9
8
Passing Offense South Carolina
Kentucky
12
87
3
11
301.7
206.8
Passing Yards Allowed Kentucky
South Carolina
92
121
11
14
241.3
268.4
Passing Yards per Completion Kentucky
South Carolina
49
61
7
9
12.46
12.17
Punt Return Defense South Carolina
Kentucky
34
40
4
5
5.33
5.75
Punt Returns Kentucky
South Carolina
27
71
5
13
11.83
8.22
Red Zone Defense South Carolina
Kentucky
72
104
5
10
0.837
0.892
Red Zone Offense South Carolina
Kentucky
42
88
7
12
0.886
0.800
Rushing Defense Kentucky
South Carolina
26
57
5
8
115.6
145.2
Rushing Offense Kentucky
South Carolina
89
123
11
14
136.5
91.4
Sacks Allowed Kentucky
South Carolina
39
120
2
12
1.60
3.70
Scoring Defense Kentucky
South Carolina
57
89
7
12
25.0
28.6
Scoring Offense Kentucky
South Carolina
53
59
10
11
29.1
28.8
Tackles for Loss Allowed Kentucky
South Carolina
49
127
5
14
5.20
8.00
Team Passing Efficiency South Carolina
Kentucky
25
69
7
11
155.84
132.79
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Kentucky
South Carolina
86
89
8
10
138.45
138.81
Team Sacks Kentucky
South Carolina
48
97
8
13
2.30
1.80
Team Tackles for Loss Kentucky
South Carolina
37
112
6
14
6.3
4.6
Time of Possession South Carolina
Kentucky
96
107
10
11
28:34
28:14
Total Defense Kentucky
South Carolina
48
102
7
12
356.9
413.6
Total Offense South Carolina
Kentucky
62
97
8
11
393.1
343.3
Turnover Margin Kentucky
South Carolina
46
46
7
7
0.20
0.20
Turnovers Gained Kentucky
South Carolina
60
71
5
7
14
13
Turnovers Lost South Carolina
Kentucky
29
38
7
10
11
12
Winning Percentage Kentucky
South Carolina
41
84
7
11
0.600
0.400

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kentucky

QB Devin Leary, RB Ray Davis, WR Barion Brown, OL Kenneth Horsey, DT Deone Walker, DE JJ Weaver, LB Trevin Wallace, S Jordan Lovett, K Chance Poore, P Wilson Berry.

South Carolina

QB Spencer Rattler, RB Dakereon Joyner, WR Antwane Wells, OL Jakai Moore, DT Tonka Hemingway, LB Debo Williams, CB Marcellas Dial, P Kai Kroeger.

INJURIES

Kentucky


Player POS Status
J. McClain RB Ques Sat – Shoulder
B. Christman OL out for season – Knee
J. Wilcox RB Out indefinitely – Hamstring
L. Wright RB Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
N. Hall OL out for season – Undisclosed

South Carolina


Player POS Status
D. Joyner RB Doub Sat – Ankle
T. Jones OL Ques Sat – Undisclosed
T. Knox TE Ques Sat – Undisclosed
A. Wells Jr. WR Out indefinitely – Foot
M. Anderson OL out for season – Knee
R. Mikeska TE Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
M. Kaba LB out for season – Knee

Source: Covers.com

Kentucky vs. South Carolina Football Series History

South Carolina leads 19-14-1

COMMENTS

South Carolina hasn’t beaten a decent team this season. I think Kentucky wins but it will be close.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Kentucky 17, South Carolina 27

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Kentucky 34, South Carolina 31

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 7:30 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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