South Carolina Gamecocks vs Kentucky Wildcats Betting Odds Preview and Pick

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 22:  With a chunk of sod stuck in his facemask, Reginald Bowens #47 of the South Carolina Gamecocks waits for the Missouri Tigers to snap the ball during play at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Coach Spurrier says his South Carolina Gamecocks are better than the Kentucky Wildcats and they are.

How much better? We'll find out Saturday when the teams meet in Lexington (7 pm ET, ESPN2) as South Carolina tries to extend its 11-1 SU run against KU, according to the matchup details.

"Twenty points a huge spread in a conference game, especially when the road team is laying so much chalk," explained analyst Jack Randall. "When one team is winning by an average of 26.5 points per game and the foe is losing by an average of six points per game, it is usually just a question of the cover."

South Carolina returned just 11 starters this year from a team that went 11-2 last year. The Gamecocks opened this season (and SEC play) with a tough 17-13 win at Vanderbilt, then beat East Carolina 48-10 and UAB 49-6.

Last week South Carolina defeated Missouri 31-10, as QB Connor Shaw completed 20-of-21 passes for 249 yards, RB Marcus Lattimore accounted for 145 yards from scrimmage and the defense held the Tigers out of the end zone until the last half-minute of the game.

With their perfect start, the Gamecocks have moved from No. 9 in the AP preseason poll to No. 6 this week. South Carolina hasn't started 5-0 since 2001.

Kentucky, meanwhile, also returned just 11 starters this year, but from a team that went 5-7 last year. The Wildcats opened this season with a 32-14 loss to Louisville, beat Kent State 47-14, then lost in overtime to Western Kentucky 32-31.

Last week, with starting QB Maxwell Smith on the sidelines with a bad shoulder, Kentucky lost to Florida 38-0. In place of Smith, Morgan Newton and Jalen Whitlow combined to go 8-for-27 passing for 60 yards and three interceptions.

Fortunately for the Wildcats, Smith is listed as 'probable' for Saturday's game.

The Gamecocks are 6-1 vs. the Wildcats under Spurrier. Last year, South Carolina crushed Kentucky 54-3, outgaining the 'Cats 639-96. But the last time South Carolina played in Lexington, two seasons ago, it blew a 28-10 halftime lead and lost 31-28.

Earlier this week, most college football betting outlets opened this game with South Carolina favored by 21 points, with the over/under at 48. Those numbers have held steady through the week.


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 Regardless of who plays quarterback for Kentucky Saturday, the 'Cats will be outclassed. We'll give the points and go with South Carolina. (courtesy of