Something Has to Give: Kentucky vs. South Carolina
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Something Has to Give: Kentucky vs. South Carolina

Freddie Maggardabout 5 years

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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="980"] PIC BY PROFOOTBALLSPOT.COM[/caption] The 1-2 Kentucky Wildcats will be taking on the 2-1 South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday in the friendly confines of Commonwealth Stadium. These two teams are worlds apart statistically speaking. Let’s take a look:

OFFENSE

Scoring Points Per Game: SEC/National Ranking

Kentucky: 34.7, SEC-4th, Nation-54th

South Carolina 15.7, SEC-14th, Nation-120th

Rushing Yards Per Game

Kentucky: 190.33, SEC-6th

South Carolina: 90.67, SEC-14th, Nation-122nd

Passing Yards Per Game

Kentucky: 226.3, SEC-7th

South Carolina: 197, SEC-9th

Total Yards Per Game

Kentucky: 416.7, SEC-8th

South Carolina: 287.7, SEC-13th Nation-123rd

Tackles for Loss Allowed

Kentucky: 21, SEC-13th

South Carolina: 20, SEC-9th

QB Sacks Allowed

Kentucky: 9, SEC 12th

South Carolina: 4, SEC-5th

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DEFENSE

Points Allowed Per Game: SEC/National Ranking

Kentucky: 43.7, SEC-14th, Nation-122nd

South Carolina: 17.3, SEC-4th

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game

Kentucky: 243, SEC-14th, Nation-116th

South Carolina: 192.67, SEC-12th

Passing Yards Allowed Per Game

Kentucky: 285, SEC-14th, Nation- 112th

South Carolina: 222.7, SEC-6th

Total Yards Allowed Per Game

Kentucky: 528, SEC-14th, Nation-122nd

South Carolina: 453, SEC-10th

Tackles for Loss Per Game

Kentucky: 16, SEC-11th

South Carolina: 21, SEC-4th

QB Sacks Per Game

Kentucky: 4, SEC-10th

South Carolina: 5, SEC-7th

 

What does all this mean?

Either Kentucky or South Carolina will uncharacteristically win the football game. Kentucky wins if: The Cats simply outscore the Gamecocks in a shootout. South Carolina wins if: The Gamecocks hold the UK offense to significantly lower point and yardage totals than their season average and score 30 plus points. In a matchup of one of the nation’s worst offenses going head to head with one of the country’s worst defenses, something will have to give. Whichever team shows the most improvement within their personnel, structure, and schematic weaknesses will conquer in a September SEC East showdown.

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