SEC Football Preview: Kentucky vs. South Carolina

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Kentucky faces South Carolina on Saturday in Columbia, SC. 14Powers.com previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results

Kentucky

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Toledo W 38-24
09/07/19 Eastern Mich. W 38-17
09/14/19 9 Florida L 21-29
09/21/19 @ Mississippi St. L 13-28
09/28/19 @ South Carolina
10/12/19 Arkansas
10/19/19 @ 3 Georgia
10/26/19 Missouri
11/09/19 Tennessee
11/16/19 @ Vanderbilt
11/23/19 Tenn.-Martin
11/30/19 Louisville

South Carolina

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 vs. North Carolina L 20-24
09/07/19 Charleston So. W 72-10
09/14/19 Alabama L 23-47
09/21/19 @ Missouri L 14-34
09/28/19 Kentucky
10/12/19 @ Georgia
10/19/19 Florida
10/26/19 @ Tennessee
11/02/19 Vanderbilt
11/09/19 Appalachian St.
11/16/19 @ Texas A&M
11/30/19 Clemson

ESPN FPI

Kentucky: 32

South Carolina: 30

Key Stats

Stat Kentucky South Carolina
Rushing Offense 177.3 (59) 193.0 (47)
Passing Offense 241.8 (70) 250.8 (62)
Total Offense 419.0 (68) 443.8 (50)
Scoring Offense 27.5 (85) 32.3 (59)
Rushing Defense 152.3 (75) 145.0 (67)
Total Defense 419.0 (68) 443.8 (50)
Scoring Defense 24.5 (61) 28.8 (82)
Interceptions 5 (12) 4 (29)
Sacks 2.25 (66) 2.0 (75)
Tackles for loss 5.0 (96) 6.8 (46)
Turnover margin 0.0 (59) -0.75 (110)

Players to Watch

Kentucky

C Drake Jackson, OL Logan Stenburg, WR Lynn Bowden, LB Cash Daniel, LB Jamar Watson..

South Carolina

WR Bryan Edwards, WR Shi Smith, DL Javon Kinlaw, DL DJ Wonnum, LB TJ Brunson, DB Jaycee Horn, P Joseph Charlton.

Injuries

Kentucky

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/23/19 QB Sawyer Smith Undisclosed injured last game – is probable Saturday vs South Carolina
09/14/19 QB Nik Scalzo ACL is out for season
09/08/19 QB Terry Wilson Knee is out for season
08/30/19 S Davonte Robinson Quad is out for season
08/07/19 WR Isaiah Epps Foot is out indefinitely

South Carolina

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/24/19 QB Ryan Hilinski Elbow is upgraded to probable Saturday vs Kentucky
09/22/19 RB A.J. Turner Thumb is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky
09/22/19 DL Aaron Sterling Knee is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky
09/22/19 OL Eric Douglas Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky
09/22/19 OL Hank Manos Ankle is OUT Saturday vs Kentucky
09/22/19 DB J.T. Ibe Pectoral is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky
09/22/19 DB Jaylin Dickerson Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky
09/22/19 WR Shi Smith Side is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky
09/22/19 RB Kevin Harris Undisclosed is out for season
09/15/19 DL Brad Johnson Groin is out indefinitely
09/15/19 WR Randrecous Davis Ankle is out indefinitely
09/08/19 QB Jake Bentley Foot is out for season
08/29/19 DL Keir Thomas Ankle is out indefinitely

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

Both of these teams desperately need to come out of this game with a win. Both lost their starting QBs early in the season. I think this game will come down to who has the QB. Ryan Hilinski has played better than Sawyer Smith. South Carolina is also one of the tougher road venues in the SEC. The Gamecocks should win. We’ll also stick with the score we predicted before the season.

Our Preseason Prediction

South Carolina 17, Kentucky 10

In-Season 14Powers.com Prediction

South Carolina 17, Kentucky 10

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). Watch on the SEC Network.

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