South Carolina Gamecocks (2-1) at Kentucky Wildcats (1-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 24, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -1.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5
The Kentucky Wildcats and the South Carolina Gamecocks face off on Saturday in SEC college football action.
The Kentucky Wildcats are 1-2 this season after beating New Mexico State last week in a shootout. The Kentucky offense is averaging 34.7 points and 416.7 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 10 times. Wildcats QB Drew barker is banged up but he 50 percent of his passes with 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions while Stephen Johnson has completed 72 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns and no picks. UK running back Boom Williams is also banged up but he has rushed for 341 yards and a touchdown while Benny Snell has 4 rushing touchdowns and Garrett Johnson has 9 catches with 2 touchdowns and Jeff Badget and C.J. Conrad each have 6 catches. The Kentucky defense is allowing 43.7 points and 528 yards per game with 6 interceptions and 4 sacks. Jordan Jones leads the Wildcats defense with 35 tackles, Mike Edwards has 27 tackles, and Blake McClain has 19 tackles and 2 interceptions. Kentucky isn’t a very good football team this year and they will continue to struggle.
The South Carolina Gamecocks haven’t made it look pretty but they are off to a 2-1 start to their season. The South Carolina offense is averaging 15.7 points and 287.7 yards per game while they have turned the ball over 4 times. Brandon McIlwain has taken over as the Gamecocks starting QB and he has completed 52.5 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and he has rushed for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns. A.J. Turner is South Carolina’s top rusher with 115 yards and Bryan Edwards is the leading receiver with 15 catches and Hayden Hurst has 12 catches. The South Carolina defense is allowing 17.3 points and 415.3 yards per game with 3 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, and 5 sacks. T.J. Holloman leads South Carolina with 21 tackles, D.J. Smith has 19 tackles, and Jonathan Walton has 16 tackles. South Carolina is a team that improving by feeding off of their defense.
Kentucky is 1-6 against the spread in their last 7 home games, 1-7 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 4-1 against the spread at home against a team with a winning road record. South Carolina is 2-7 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 2-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. The underdog has covered the point spread in 5 of the last 7 meetings of these two.
I am not sure how Kentucky is favored here but not going to look at it twice and take the Gamecocks to win easily.