The Cats get ready for the Gamecocks
10/02/2014 07:30 AM
Kentucky-South Carolina Preview by Devin Walker
Saturday the Kentucky Wildcats look to continue their winning ways in the SEC against a roller coaster South Carolina team. The 3-1(1-1 SEC) Wildcats invite the 3-2 (2-2 SEC) Gamecocks into Commonwealth for what promises to be a great game. The Wildcats are looking to pick up their second straight conference win, while the Gamecocks try to avoid their second straight conference loss.
South Carolina limps into this game, after dropping a heart breaker to Missouri 21-20. To say the Gamecocks have been inconsistent this season might be an understatement. They opened their season with a huge loss 52-28 to Kenny Hill and his high powered Texas A&M offense. Then they looked sharp in a victory against a very good Georgia Bulldogs team, but then took a step back and almost got upset by a Vanderbilt team that didn’t score offensively against Kentucky. It all fell apart this week when they squandered a 20-7 lead against a Missouri team that lost to Indiana a week before. I hope Gamecock fans like rollercoasters, because their season looks to be exactly that. With opposing teams averaging 33 points a game against them, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kentucky has a field day, especially if they play like they did in Gainesville.
After winning an ugly game over the Vanderbilt Commodores, the Wildcats finally picked up their first victory in the SEC since 2011. Their offense seems to be in sync and their defense seems to be finding and stopping the ball more often than not. Saturday’s game against the Gamecocks, however, may come as a greater challenge considering they lost two of their biggest offensive weapons in Stanley “Boom” Williams and Dorian Baker. These two along with two other redshirt freshmen have been suspended for an airsoft gun scare Sunday night that forced a lockdown of the UK campus. Williams scrambled his way into the end zone for the first touchdown in OT against Florida and has gained 174 yards and two touchdowns on 21 touches this season. Baker has also posted good numbers for the Cats with 104 receiving yards and a touchdown. With the offense taking that huge blow for Saturday, the defense looks to be doing just fine. They will look to have another brilliant showing, as they flaunt the defense that is just 13th in the FBS in points allowed this season at 15.
UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown takes a look at South Carolina.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 7:30 pm EDT.