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South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Kentucky Wildcats Free Pick 10/5/13

Kentucky Wildcats (1-3) at South Carolina Gamecocks (3-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Williams-Brice Stadium)

The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -21 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC, FOX, ESPN3, GamePlan

The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Kentucky Wildcats face off on Saturday in Columbia is a battle of SEC college football teams.

The South Carolina Gamecocks have bounced back from their loss at Georgia by winning their next two game but after a battle at Central Florida they return home. For the year the South Carolina offense is averaging 30 points and 482.2 yards per game. QB Connor Shaw is out for this one so it is Dylan Thompson who has completed 54.8 percent of his passes with one touchdown and two interceptions while rushing for another two touchdowns. Mike Davis anchors the SC running attack averaging 7.2 yards per carry with six touchdowns and Brandon Wilds averages 4.7 yards per carry with a touchdown. Bruce Ellington has overcome a slow start in is now South Carolina’s leading receiver with 14 catches and a touchdown while Nick Jones has 12 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively South Carolina allows 25.2 points and 381 yards per game with four interceptions, 12 sacks, and three fumble recoveries. Kaiwan Lewis has 22 tackles and T.J. Gurley has 21 while Jadeveon Clowney has seen double and triple teams but still has two sacks while Kelcy Quarles has three sacks. The South Carolina defense has been tested this season and the numbers against aren’t quite as low as most expected.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Kentucky Wildcats Free Pick 10/5/13

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The Kentucky Wildcats are off to a 1-3 start this season and while hopes are under Coach Stoops it is going to be a building process. The Kentucky offense is averaging 21.8 points and 410 yards but it hasn’t been enough. At QB Maxwell Smith has completed 57.9 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and an interception while Jalen Whitlow as completed 66 percent of his passes with one touchdown and an interception. Jojo Kemp is averaging 8.9 yards per carry and Raymond Sanders is averaging 5.5 yards per carry with a touchdown. Javess Blue leads UK in receiving with 18 catches and a touchdown, Ryan Timmons has 15 catches and Alex Montgomery has 10. The Kentucky defense is allowing 23.2 points and 375.8 yards per game with one interception, nine sacks, and three fumble recoveries. Avery Williamson has a whopping 42 tackles, while Alvin Dupree and TraVaughn Paschal have 25. A win in this spot would be a huge confidence builder for Kentucky.

South Carolina is 6-2 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 8-3 against the spread in the last 11 home games, and 1-4 in their last five games overall. Kentucky is 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall, and 3-14 against the spread in their last 17 home games. The favorite has covered in six of the last eight meetings of these two.

This is a big number and while South Carolina often plays down to their completion I am looking for an outright blowout here. 

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South Carolina -21

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