Kentucky (2-3, 0-2 SEC) at No. 18 South Carolina (4-1, 2-1)
When: 12:21 p.m.
Radio: WLAP-AM 630; WBUL-FM 98.1; XM Channel 199; Sirius Premier Package Channel 219.
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Series: South Carolina leads 14-7-1
Last meeting: Kentucky upset No. 10 South Carolina 31-28 on Oct. 16, 2010, in Commonwealth Stadium.
Line: South Carolina is favored by 21 points.
Stay close early
After blowing an 18-point halftime lead and losing in Lexington a season ago, South Carolina figures to be amped at the start of this one. For Kentucky to have any chance at an upset, the Cats have to prevent an early onslaught.
Protect the quarterback
South Carolina defensive ends Melvin Ingram (5.5) and Jadeveon Clowney (four) are the top two quarterback sackers in the Southeastern Conference (though Ingram is said by Steve Spurrier to be "doubtful" to play with a sprained foot). The Gamecocks lead the league in sacks (13). Conversely, Kentucky has allowed more sacks (21) than any other SEC team. If both teams play to form, that will spell disaster for the Cats.
Kentucky intercepted two passes and recovered two fumbles in last season's victory over South Carolina. Given the impotence so far this season of the UK offense, it may take more than four Gamecocks turnovers for the Cats to score enough to dream of another upset.
Indifference toward football seems to be winning out over fury in the Kingdom of the Blue. Even if UK doesn't win Saturday, it would help generate better vibes for the second half of the season (which includes some realistically winnable games) if Kentucky could show some offensive hope against South Carolina.