Kentucky and South Carolina meet for an SEC battle that likely won't be much of a battle. Kentucky has been awful. But they will probably upset someone.
South Carolina just might be that team. Despite only having one loss, the Gamecocks have not played all that great. They will be making a QB switch this game and hoping that switch sparks their offense.
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina
When: Saturday, October 8th at 12:21 p.m. ET
Will the Gamecocks cover the spread?
Watch: SEC Network, ESPN-GP
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Line: South Carolina -21 according to Bodog Sports
Injury Report for Kentucky
Injury information via USA Today
Probable: S Martavius Neloms (concussion)
Questionable: WR EJ Fields (undisclosed), DT Mark Crawford (undisclosed), WR Gene McCaskill (Back), RB Raymond Sanders (knee)
Doubtful: DE Collins Ukwu (knee)
Out: WR Daryl Collins (knee)
Injury Report South Carolina
Questionable: DE Melvin Ingram (foot), RB James Baker (knee), RB Kenny Miles, CB Akeem Auguste (foot)
Doubtful: T Kyle Nunn (back)
Out: QB Andrew Clifford (concussion)
BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications
If South Carolina wants any chance to make a BCS bowl game they have to win this. In the eyes of the poll they have nothing to gain and a lot to lose.
Kentucky is awful. A loss would knock the Gamecocks out of the Top 25 and no matter how impressively they win, they will only move up if teams in front of them lose.
Key Storyline: Can Connor Shaw spark the Gamecocks offense?
Steve Spurrier has finally run out of patience for Stephen Garcia. He will turn to sophomore QB Connor Shaw this week.
Shaw will get an easy landing against a weak Wildcats defense. He is going to have to show the ability to move the ball consistently if Gamecocks fans have any hopes of this offense being better due to a QB change.
What They're Saying: Stats LLC (h/t ESPN) talks about the need for the QB change
After they labored to a 4-0 start, the Gamecocks' inability to consistently move the ball finally caught up to them during last Saturday's 16-13 loss to Auburn.
One week after throwing a career-worst four interceptions, Garcia completed just 9 of 23 passes for 160 yards with a touchdown, getting picked off twice more. South Carolina (4-1, 2-1) managed only 289 yards and 13 first downs -- both season lows.
"We were living through a lot of errors Stephen would make," Spurrier said. "We were hoping and believing those errors would go away. We've coached Stephen to play better, but he plays similarly about every game."
Player To Watch for Kentucky: WR LaRod King
King is without a doubt the go-to guy for this offense. He is responsible for almost half of Kentucky's passing yards. He has 307 of them.
He also leads the way with four touchdowns.
King is a legitimate NFL prospect and can beat any corner one-on-one.
Player To Watch South Carolina: RB Marcus Lattimore
Lattimore is on a very short list for players that can be considered the best running back in the country. He already has 127 carries for 677 yards and nine touchdowns.
Lattimore is a complete back. He can power his way for tough yards and explode for long runs.
Key Matchup: Marcus Lattimore vs. Kentucky Defense
It is appropriate to list the entire defense here? Because it is going to take them all to stop him.
Prediction: South Carolina 38, Kentucky 10