South Carolina and Kentucky have developed quite a rivalry over the last five years. The once proud program that reeled off three consecutive ten-win seasons and an SEC East title has now lost to Kentucky five straight times. Lynn Bowden said yesterday it’s the game he’s most looking forward to this year. It will surely be brawl between the two at Williams-Brice Stadium in late September.
The Best Thing Will Muschamp Said — Muschamp is all football all the time, except when he’s grilling. Greg Sankey introduced Muschamp by complimenting his grilling skills.
“You’re absolutely right about the Green Egg. There’s nobody better in this league, I can assure you of that,” Muschamp said. “Anything you want, I can do it. Take all comers. Commissioner Sankey made a mistake, and one of the very few he’s made, he talked about Barry Odum being the best griller in Columbia. And I’m assuming he’s talking about Columbia, Missouri, not Columbia, South Carolina.”
The Best Thing Muschamp Said (Out of Context) — “Nick’s doing a fantastic job.” Why thanks, Will.
Coach Speak 101 — “I’m not worried about the schedule. I’m worried about the Gamecocks. That’s all.”
Well, he should be worried about the schedule. It’s the most difficult in the country and it’s not really close. They could be 1-6 entering Halloween weekend, and it doesn’t get any easier, finishing the year at A&M and vs. Clemson.
South Carolina’s Scariest Players — I would never cross the Wonnum Brothers. If D.J. Wonnum stays healthy, the defensive end is the best player on the Gamecocks’ defense. His little brother isn’t too bad either. A high school All-American and top 200 player in the 2019 recruiting class, Dylan Wonnum is expected to start at offensive tackle right away.
Biggest Question Mark — How old is Jake Bentley? It feels like he’s been the South Carolina starting quarterback since long before Kentucky’s five-game winning streak began. Each year his completion percentage has dropped, but he’s thrown for more yards and touchdowns.
Good News for UK — Kentucky has successfully got inside South Carolina’s head. The last time the Cats came to Columbia, they hosted a blackout and infamously refused to shake hands with Team Captains at the coin toss. They were promptly buried. Kentucky will get another shot at the Gamecocks after they’ve taken a beating at Alabama and gone on the road to face Missouri’s explosive offense.
Bad News for UK — The road trip to Williams-Brice Stadium is the finale of Kentucky’s most difficult three-game stretch of the season, following games against Florida and at Mississippi State.
Fear Factor — 6
That’s how many years in a row Kentucky will have a victory over South Carolina after they visit Williams-Brice Stadium in 2019. If the Cats win, it’ll be the longest SEC win streak since UK defeated Vanderbilt six straight times from 1976-81. Trash-talking aside, karma has to eventually catch up with the Cats sooner or later, right?