South Carolina plays Kentucky on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know about the game.
▪ Who: South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC) vs. Kentucky (1-2, 0-1 SEC)
▪ When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
▪ Where: Commonwealth Stadium (61,000), Lexington, Ky.
▪ Series history: USC leads 17-9-1, but UK has won the last two (and two of the last three in Lexington)
▪ TV: SEC Network (Brent Musburger, play-by-play; Jesse Palmer, analysis; Kaylee Hartung, sideline)
▪ Radio: 107.5 FM (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Langston Moore, sideline)
▪ Satellite radio: Sirius 106/XM 190
▪ Line: Kentucky by 2 1/2
▪ Weather: Sunny, with a high near 91 during the day, then low 80s near kickoff. Mostly clear Saturday night, with an overnight low around 65.
What’s at stake
The Gamecocks are off to a 2-1 start, including a 1-1 mark in the SEC, and are trying to improve to 3-1 before a long homestand. This week’s game is the third SEC game for the Gamecocks and their third conference road game. After this week, Carolina will play five home games with one bye week over the next six weeks, including SEC matchups with Texas A&M, Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri.
Kentucky is 1-2, dropping their first two games to Southern Miss and at Florida before rebounding with a 62-42 win over New Mexico State last week.
A South Carolina win would snap the Wildcats’ two-game winning streak in the series. Kentucky has never defeated South Carolina in three-straight meetings. It also would give the Gamecocks their second conference win of the season, surpassing their SEC win total from 2015.
Coach to Cure MD
The South Carolina and Kentucky coaching staffs will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this week to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Fans are encouraged to donate by texting “CURE” to 90999 or visiting www.CoachtoCureMD.org.
The teams, by the numbers
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Opp. Yds Pass/Game
Opp. Total Yds/Game
South Carolina players to watch
1. Freshman Brandon McIlwain gets his second start at quarterback and looks to build on his performance in the win over East Carolina. McIlwain threw for 195 yards and rushed for two touchdowns last week.
2. After not getting a snap at Mississippi State and having five carries through the first two games, David Williams carried seven times for a team-high 67 yards against East Carolina, including a 25-yard run on a 4th-and-1 in the final drive to seal the victory.
3. Junior cornerback Chris Lammons responded to a down game vs. Mississippi State to have an interception and a forced fumble against ECU. He also recorded his first career sack.
Kentucky players to watch
1. Quarterback Stephen Johnson, a dual-threat junior college transfer, will start for Kentucky. He threw for 310 yards and ran for 51 more in relief against New Mexico State.
2. Junior running back Stanley Williams rampaged through New Mexico State, and now has 353 yards on a robust 7.9 yards per carry. He had 107 yards on 15 carries against South Carolina last year. Freshman tailback Benny Snell scored four times last week.
3. Junior wide receiver Jeff Badet has six catches on the season, but on average he’s taking them more than 34 yards.
Projected South Carolina depth chart
Our projection of the South Carolina football depth chart for Saturday.
WR – SAMUEL (Davis)
WR – J. SMITH (Banks)
WR – EDWARDS (Dawkins)
LT – ZANDI (Young)
RG – HELMS (Farrell or Bailey)
C – KNOTT (Knott)
LG – BAILEY (Farrell or Knott)
RT – PARK (Young)
TE – HURST (Crosby or August)
QB – McILWAIN (Orth)
RB – TURNER (Williams)
DE – LEWIS (Wonnum)
DT – STALLWORTH (Thomas)
DT – GRIFFIN (Jones)
DE – ENGLISH (Sawyer)
SLB – ALLEN-WILLIAMS (Holloman)
MLB – WALTON (Holloman)
WLB – HOLLOMAN (Allen-Williams)
CB – LAMMONS (Fenton)
S – D. SMITH (Montac)
S – MOODY (Sasser or Boyd)
CB – KING (Fenton)
NICK – FENTON (Diggs or Wilder)
PK – FRY (Charlton)
P – KELLY (Charlton)
LS – DR. WILLIAMS (McGriff)
KR – TURNER (Fenton)
PR – FENTON (Lammons)
H – KELLY