The Cats and the Cocks are getting ready to do battle in Lexington at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.
For you fans are tuning in to see a high scoring, offense dominated game, then this game isn't for you. Let's face it, both offenses are just bad. Kentucky's offense hasn't gotten off the ground any this season, and USC offense hasn't exactly been high flying by any means.
It's going to be a defense dominated football game. Kentucky has been nothing less than dominant on defense this season, while South Carolina hasn't been to bad on defense either.
Kentucky's defense has been without key linebacker Micah Johnson the last two games against Western Kentucky and Alabama. Starting weak-side linebacker Braxton Kelley moved to the middle while Johnson was sidelined with a high ankle sprain. This will greatly help the Cats defense in having Johnson back.
Kentucky's offense has gotten some help, in returning true freshman Randall Cobb. Cobb was also out with a high ankle sprain. Cobb is a spark plug in UK offense. He is the backup QB that can beat you with his legs, and is a wide receiver as well. Having Cobb back will greatly improve UK's offense.
Kentucky has to somehow find someway to move the ball against USC. The Cats has to take care of the ball and get at least in field goal range, which is something we didn't do against Alabama hardly any.
Getting our running game going will greatly help the Cats. Derrick Locke and Alfonso Smith are two very explosive and very fast backs, both clocked in at a 4.2 forty yard dash. UK needs to utilize their speed.
Moncell Allen should also be used. Allen is a truck and is great running inside the tackles. Tony Dixon is the starter but hasn't really produced yet this season.
The offensive line is banged up for the Cats. Stuart Hines is out indefinitely, Josh Beets knee is not looking good, and no word on Justin Jeffries as of yet with his knee. The offensive line is banged up and pretty depleted, but they must find a way to get some sort of push for our backs in order for our offense to do anything against USC.
Let's face it, both defenses are going to dominate the game. It's going to come down to whoever doesn't make silly mistakes on offense and takes care of the ball, as well as cashing the check on whatever opportunities that they may get. It's going to be a physical slobber knocker low scoring game.
For you fans that like watching high flying, high scoring, offense dominating football, this this game isn't for you. For the fans that like watching physical and hard hitting football, then this game is just what you are asking for.
My prediction: UK wins in a slobber knocker 14-10.
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