Kentucky simply wasn’t good enough yesterday. After an early pick-6, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State never looked back on its way to a 28-13 victory in Starkville. Enough about that, let’s move on! The ‘Cats will travel to Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday for a pivotal game against the Gamecocks. Out in Las Vegas, South Carolina has opened up as a 2 1/2 point favorite at home against Kentucky.
South Carolina is just 1-3 with their lone win coming against Charleston Southern, which they won 72-10. The Gamecocks lost in Week 1 to Mack Brown and North Carolina and then fell in a more competitive than expected contest against Alabama before losing Saturday night 34-14 at Missouri. True Freshman QB Ryan Hilinski really struggled against Mizzou, completing just 13 of his 30 passing attempts for 166 yards. He also threw a pick-6 and started the game with a miscue that led to another Missouri defensive touchdown.
The Gamecocks were completely shut down on the ground as well. They only managed 16 rushing yards on their 24 attempts. Yes, you read that correctly! Despite giving up over 400 total yards in back-to-back games, the Wildcat defense should be able to control the game against Hilinski and the South Carolina offense.
We’ll take the Cats.