Kentucky wide receiver Blake Bone nearly attended South Carolina, picking UK at the last minute over the Gamecocks and Mississippi.
Defensive tackle C.J. Johnson barely noticed the Gamecocks even though they're in his hometown of Columbia, S.C.
Two of UK's South Carolina natives had funny but quite different stories to tell about the school from their home state.
Johnson, a junior-college player, lived 10 minutes from the stadium, but was never in contact with any players or coaches during his recruitment. He wasn't even sure he wanted to play college football until he got an offer from Temple.
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So he barely knew anything about the team.
"Only reason I know where the stadium is at is I've gotta pass it to get to Wal-Mart," he said laughing. "I know it's there."
Bone, a Woodruff native, almost played in that stadium.
"I definitely won't be shying away from any competition this game just because it's my home state," Bone said. "I'm actually looking forward to it. If anything, I'm going to be pretty high. I know my teammates behind me are going to be ready, and we're going to put out plenty of juice for Saturday."
Both Bone and Johnson are expecting lots of family and friends at the game.
"They told me they're going to be in Carolina but they're still going to be rooting for Bone, so that's all that matters," he said.
Johnson, who admitted he was a Clemson fan for a few minutes when C.J. Spiller went there because they shared a first name, expects 20-plus family members to be making the trip up from South Carolina.
"Party bus on the way up," he said laughing.
But he had some stricter rules for his family and friends than Bone.
"I told them if they're coming to the game, they gotta put that up," he said of the USC gear. "They're not going to let them in with all that Gamecock stuff."