Wildcats Gamecocks Odds Preview
South Carolina, now ranked No. 6 in the country, shoots for its second SEC road win of this season when its visits Kentucky Saturday afternoon (7 pm ET, ESPN2).
The 4-0 Gamecocks are also 3-1 ATS so far, while the Wildcats are 1-3 both straight-up and ATS. South Carolina has won 11 of the past 12 meetings straight up.
Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 94 (Wildcats) and the No. 62 (Gamecocks) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 51-18 result in favor of the Gamecocks is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kentucky's No. 94-ranked offense (23 PPG) against a Gamecocks defense that ranks No. 5 at 9.8 PPG. The Wildcats passing attack has averaged 256.5 yards per game, more than the Gamecocks give up through the air (233.2 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Gamecocks own the league's No. 8-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 62 yards per game when on the road. Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 107 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Last time out for South Carolina, they were a 31-10 winner as they battled Missouri at home. South Carolina covered in the match as a 10-point favorite, while 41 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Missouri didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Gamecocks as South Carolina blasted them 31-10 in Week 4 action.
Last time out for Kentucky, they were a 38-0 loser as they battled Florida on the road. Kentucky failed to cover in the match as a 24-point underdog, while 38 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Kentucky was hammered in its last outing, as Florida ran up a 38-0 score against them at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
South Carolina Gamecocks Trends:
When playing in September are 9-1
When playing on grass are 10-0
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 8-2
Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on grass are 4-6
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 2-8
A few Gamecocks at Wildcats trends to consider:
South Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of South Carolina's last 5 games when playing Kentucky
South Carolina is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing Kentucky
South Carolina is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kentucky's last 5 games when playing South Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kentucky's last 7 games at home
Kentucky is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 6 games when playing at home against South Carolina
South Carolina home to Georgia, Saturday, October 6
Kentucky home to Mississippi State, Saturday, October 6