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UK Fan of the Afternoon Wants UK vs. South Carolina picks

My, what a difference a week makes. After struggling to find one national writer pick Kentucky to beat Mississippi State last week, the national media is now all in on Benny and the Cats. Here’s a rundown of expert picks from across the interwebs.

Barrett Sallee, CBS Sports: Kentucky to win and cover

The Kentucky hype train kept rolling Saturday night against Mississippi State, and it will be full steam ahead this week against South Carolina. Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley will be under fire from Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen and that fierce front seven, and he won’t be able to hold up for a full four quarters. Benny Snell will have another big day and break off a big run or two in the fourth quarter against a worn out South Carolina defense to lead the Wildcats to 5-0. Pick: Kentucky (-1.5)


CBS Sports: 4 UK, 3 SC

Against the spread: 4 UK, 3 SC


Sports Illustrated: 5 UK, 3 SC

From Eric Single, who picked South Carolina:

South Carolina has lost four straight against Kentucky, all by 10 points or less, and the extent to which the Gamecocks failed to slow down Georgia’s rushing attack in Week 2 doesn’t bode well for their chances of containing Benny Snell Jr., the nation’s third leading rusher. But Kentucky hasn’t played a team yet with an even moderately dangerous passing game—Florida’s Feleipe Franks and Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald both failed to surpass 50% completion rates against the Wildcats—and South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has the weapons to put the hosts in an early hole, Deebo Samuel foremost among them. Kentucky may have to move away from Snell and into unchartered territory to play catch-up in this one.


Stewart Mandel, The Athletic: Kentucky

Kentucky has a long, long, long history of getting its fans’ hopes up only to disappoint them, so coming out and laying an egg this week against a comparably talented South Carolina team would surprise absolutely no one. But I’m a believer in Benny and the ’Cats. Their 13th-ranked defense nationally should cause problems for Gamecocks QB Jake Bentley. Kentucky 30, South Carolina 21


Bruce Feldman, The Athletic: Kentucky

In Benny we trust. Kentucky has been a revelation so far, and it was very impressive to see how much more physical they were last week against a talented Mississippi State team behind star RB Benny Snell. At home, I think the ’Cats keep rolling. Kentucky 27, South Carolina 20


USA Today: 4 UK, 2 SC


The Sporting News’ Zac Al-Khateeb

Expect Kentucky to feature a heavy rush attack against South Carolina on Saturday. The Wildcats average an SEC-best 269 rushing yards per game; South Carolina’s defense ranks 75th nationally by surrendering 163 per contest. Benny Snell Jr., who leads the conference with 540 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, might be too much for South Carolina to keep up with. Kentucky wins tough and goes 3-0 in SEC play for the first time since 1977. Kentucky 31, South Carolina 23

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15 Comments for UK Fan of the Afternoon Wants UK vs. South Carolina picks



  1. michaelb
    4:11 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

    31-17 Kentucky



  2. Parker_UKFanNC
    4:29 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

    Still too many people picking against us it’s a home game and we just shutdown a better team.



    • Skooms
      5:55 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

      Parker, not that I agree with them, but can you really blame them? I honestly think if we had lost the Florida game but still won Miss State, there would actually be LESS people picking USCe. I think most national analysts are still thinking the wheels are going to fall off since we’re still undefeated.



    • Parker_UKFanNC
      6:58 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

      I can blame because as sports analysts you are supposed to look at stats and film and if you do that Kentucky should be a 5+ point favorite. We just manhandled what many people were seeing as the potential #2 team in the West but are currently underdogs at home vs a team we have won against 4 years in a row. We are more talented, more physical, and simply a better team.



  3. original slappy
    4:30 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

    Hope the team doesn’t buy into the hype. Part of what made them so dangerous up to this point was the chip on their shoulder. We’ll see how they compete with some believers on their side.



  4. J. Did
    4:39 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

    Can’t wait for ESPN’s College GameDay prognostications. The KENTUCKY WILDCATS’ upset of MISS ST certainly merits worthy discussion amongst the pundits, which should prove to be entertaining.



  5. maximumscott
    4:48 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

    38-13 UK



  6. (Aixelsyd)0505
    4:56 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

    USC does have a pretty decent passing game so I think it’s a closer game then people think… UK 45 USC 42 in 2OT.



    • BBNDan7
      5:34 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

      Kentucky isn’t giving up 42 points in any game this year…



    • (Aixelsyd)0505
      7:05 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

      Not saying our D will give up 40+ or even 20+… but UK is still turning the ball over at times and this DeeBoe kid can score anytime he touches the ball…



    • BigBlueSkyDog
      6:06 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

      I just hope College Gameday and SEC Nation still picks against us.

      UK 28 USC 16



  7. ky1988
    5:41 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

    I do not see this game been a close game.This will be a bounce back game for Wilson and Benny will have close to 200 yards on this defense.



  8. bigbluebanana
    5:58 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

    31-24 Cats



  9. pbsully
    7:08 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

    It will be interesting to see how the secondary will handle the passing game. It will be a good test for the remaining games and should tells us more about the team. If the QB is unable to sit in the pocket, the passing game will not matter. Still believe that UK will win, UK 21 SC 10. Half time will be UK 7 and SC 10.



  10. jimmer
    9:24 pm September 28, 2018 Permalink

    I want more people picking AGAINST UK. Keep doubting. Works in our favor.