In a key early-season SEC matchup for both teams, Kentucky visits South Carolina for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. The SEC Network has the telecast.
Kentucky is 2-0 with a 24-17 road win at Southern Mississippi and a 27-16 home win over Eastern Kentucky. On the way to earning its first bowl bid since 2010, Mark Stoops’ team beat South Carolina 17-10 in Lexington last year for the program’s third straight win over the Gamecocks.
South Carolina is also 2-0, but Will Muschamp’s team is already 1-0 in the conference. The Gamecocks beat North Carolina State 35-28 in Charlotte on opening weekend. Last Saturday, South Carolina traveled to Missouri and, after trailing 10-0 early, beat the host Tigers 31-13.
Kentucky will be without All-SEC linebacker Jordan Jones, who has been declared out because of a shoulder injury. Eli Brown, a sophomore from Bowling Green, will start in place of Jones. Jamar “Boogie” Watson, a redshirt freshman who moved to inside linebacker from an outside spot, will back up Brown.
South Carolina’s early-season star has been wide receiver/kick returner Deebo Samuel. The speedster returne the opening kickoff of the season 97 yards for a touchdown against N.C. State. He also caught two TD passes in that game. At Missouri, Samuel returned another kickoff for a 97-yard score to cut Mizzou’s lead to 10-7. Missouri promptly through an interception and the next snap after the turnover, Samuel took a jet sweep 25 yards for a touchdown and South Carolina never trailed again.
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KENTUCKY AT SOUTH CAROLINA
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia
TV: SEC Network with Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic
Radio: UK Network with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel