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Something Has to Give: Kentucky vs. South Carolina


The 1-2 Kentucky Wildcats will be taking on the 2-1 South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday in the friendly confines of Commonwealth Stadium. These two teams are worlds apart statistically speaking. Let’s take a look:


Scoring Points Per Game: SEC/National Ranking

Kentucky: 34.7, SEC-4th, Nation-54th

South Carolina 15.7, SEC-14th, Nation-120th

Rushing Yards Per Game

Kentucky: 190.33, SEC-6th

South Carolina: 90.67, SEC-14th, Nation-122nd

Passing Yards Per Game

Kentucky: 226.3, SEC-7th

South Carolina: 197, SEC-9th

Total Yards Per Game

Kentucky: 416.7, SEC-8th

South Carolina: 287.7, SEC-13th Nation-123rd

Tackles for Loss Allowed

Kentucky: 21, SEC-13th

South Carolina: 20, SEC-9th

QB Sacks Allowed

Kentucky: 9, SEC 12th

South Carolina: 4, SEC-5th



Points Allowed Per Game: SEC/National Ranking

Kentucky: 43.7, SEC-14th, Nation-122nd

South Carolina: 17.3, SEC-4th

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game

Kentucky: 243, SEC-14th, Nation-116th

South Carolina: 192.67, SEC-12th

Passing Yards Allowed Per Game

Kentucky: 285, SEC-14th, Nation- 112th

South Carolina: 222.7, SEC-6th

Total Yards Allowed Per Game

Kentucky: 528, SEC-14th, Nation-122nd

South Carolina: 453, SEC-10th

Tackles for Loss Per Game

Kentucky: 16, SEC-11th

South Carolina: 21, SEC-4th

QB Sacks Per Game

Kentucky: 4, SEC-10th

South Carolina: 5, SEC-7th


What does all this mean?

Either Kentucky or South Carolina will uncharacteristically win the football game.

Kentucky wins if: The Cats simply outscore the Gamecocks in a shootout.

South Carolina wins if: The Gamecocks hold the UK offense to significantly lower point and yardage totals than their season average and score 30 plus points.

In a matchup of one of the nation’s worst offenses going head to head with one of the country’s worst defenses, something will have to give. Whichever team shows the most improvement within their personnel, structure, and schematic weaknesses will conquer in a September SEC East showdown.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

12 Comments for Something Has to Give: Kentucky vs. South Carolina

  1. secrick
    3:10 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Freddie, Good job calling the game Sat. I know your not going to say but i would love to know who you think the Quarterback should be against S.C.

  2. empiremaker
    3:18 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    in conclusion, both teams are close or at the bottom of the barrel. So I agree with your assessment that it will be uncharacteristic victory, but we need this win more so we can justify huge investments in our program.

  3. Laker Cat 18
    3:30 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Any shot at all we can snag 5 of the next 9 games for a bowl?

    • RealCatsFan
      4:25 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

      Speaking of bowls, can you pass that one over to me? I would like a hit of that primo stuff you’re smoking, LC! 😀

    • KYcats11
      4:38 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

      Yup, I don’t think a bowl is out of the question.
      New Mexico state- won
      South Carolina- 75%
      Missouri- 60%
      Vanderbilt- 80%
      Austin Peay- 99%
      Miss State- 50%
      Tennessee- 20%
      Alabama- 2%
      Georgia – 35%
      Louisville- 10%
      All of these percentages are on the optimistic side.

      If anything, I just hope we are not eliminted from bowl eligibility before we play Louisville. It will just make the game that much more fun to watch.

    • BluKudzu
      8:59 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

      I, too, hope we are not eliminated from a bowl prior to playing Louisville. I think the key words in regards to the percentages of chances for victory, truly are “on the optimistic side.”
      But, hey, keep the faith dude, you are a good fan.

  4. kycats13
    3:50 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    How can a major college team with out fan base, our new facilities, and our high paid coaching staff be this bad? It defies logic….

    • Big Blue Shawn
      5:26 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

      It is called having an inept AD, who doesn’t have a clue about hiring a coach.

  5. SalsaKat
    4:19 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Huh. Look purely at those (uuuugly) numbers, it would seem the biggest disparity is UK’s rush O vs. USC’s rush D. So maybe the Boom and Benny show could have a big day. Of course, USC has played a much stronger schedule so far so that may not mean anything.

  6. Patches
    5:54 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    Defense wins games and Florida proved that to a high degree against UK. SC has a much better defense and the only X factor here is does Johnson play or Barker. Who puts more pressure on opposing defenses. We know that answer and it’s not the statue waiting to get sacked it’s the moving target that can run or pass. The other problem is the head man on each sideline and UK is surly lacking there.

  7. The Professor
    5:59 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    USC is ranked 122nd in rushing offense at 90 yds per game. After gashing us for about 300 on Saturday, it should move them up quite a bit.

  8. uk-blue
    6:33 pm September 19, 2016 Permalink

    No one in their right mind can look at what we did the past three weeks and feel good about this game. We got into a shootout with NM St. I am hoping for a statement win, but at this point I’d just be happy to still be in the game at half.