South Carolina football visits Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington. Here are your three keys to a South Carolina victory.
By Don Yates
1. Doty delivers
South Carolina opted to start true freshman Luke Doty last week against Georgia. It makes sense to use Doty. The season is basically shot so why play upperclassmen who are not going to be around next season when you can play Doty and he’ll be more prepared for the 2021 season. Anyway, there is the matter of the game against Kentucky on Saturday. Get the win if you can and win it with Doty. So far this season Doty has done pretty well for a freshman completing a combine 32 of 46 passes for 320 yards, a touchdown and a couple of interceptions. To win at Kentucky South Carolina needs Doty to grow up some more and deliver on scoring drives while not turning the ball over. Doty has had some time to develop this season, now it’s time to lead and win.
2. Enagbare dominates
Kingsley Enagbare is a 6-foot-4, 270-pound junior defensive lineman from Atlanta. So far this season Enagbare has been one of the most productive defensive linemen in the SEC. He’s got 30 tackles, seven tackles for losses including six sacks for 40 yards. He’s also a disrupter in that he has three of the team’s five forced fumbles. If Enagbare can have a big game against Kentucky where he disrupts the Wildcat offense, that improves significantly the Gamecocks chances of pulling out a big victory for the Gamecocks nation.
3. Exploit the Kentucky defense
Despite a rough year, the Kentucky defense has put on quite a show in most games. The Cats blew out Tennessee in Knoxville and a lot of the points were because of the UK defense. Kentucky got a pair of pick-sixes and a third regular interception in that game. In the 24-2 win over Mississippi State, the Wildcats basically held the Bulldog offense scoreless. State scored the 2 points on a safety after the UK long snapper snapped the ball over the punter’s head. Kentucky’s defense can be really good but it also can struggle, as it did against Vanderbilt, giving up 35 points. The next game Kentucky allowed Alabama to pile up 63 points. If Vandy can score than many points on UK then the South Carolina offense should be able to do some good damage too.
Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). You can watch this South Carolina football game on the SEC Network.