UK FOOTBALL | Does South Carolina respect the Wildcats?
09/09/2015 04:20 PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kentucky Football had an up and down year and 2014, but perhaps the greatest highlight of the season was the Wildcats’ 45-38 comeback victory over South Carolina.
It was a primetime kickoff, UK unveiled new black uniforms with chrome helmets for its first “blackout” game, and Big Blue Nation stormed the field after the game to celebrate Kentucky’s second win over the Gamecocks since the year 2000.
Moving forward to 2015, UK and USC are both 1-0 after season-opening victories and will start SEC play against each other on Saturday in Columbia.
With the Kentucky program on the rise and looking or its first back-to-back victories over South Carolina this millennium, do the Gamecocks now respect the Wildcats, or do they consider last year’s loss to be a fluke?
“Kentucky is a good team — a pretty good team,” South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said during the SEC teleconference on Wednesday. “They are very capable of having a winning season, going to a bowl game, and so forth. Mark Stoops has done a great job there. They’re very close to being a good team and very easily could be this year.”
But despite the nice compliments, the “Head Ball Coach” says the Gamecocks have moved past last year’s defeat and expect a victory this weekend.
“I believe last year’s game is history,” Spurrier said. “Every game stands on its own merit. We got beat last year … and we’re trying to prevent the same thing from happening this year.”
KSTV broke down Saturday’s rematch between UK and South Carolina with ABC Columbia’s Tim Hill on Thursday’s show, discussing what both teams will need to improve from Week 1 to Week 2 to remain undefeated: