South Carolina at Kentucky: 12/5/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

South Carolina at Kentucky: 12/5/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats (3-6) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (2-7)

Game Info: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Kroger Field)

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The South Carolina Gamecocks will travel to Kroger Field to take on the Kentucky Wildcats this Saturday in College Football action.

The South Carolina Gamecocks lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 2-7 (2-7 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the 9th ranked Georgia Bulldogs, 45-16, this past Saturday. South Carolina couldn’t get anything going on the offensive side of the ball against the tough Georgia defense and couldn’t fight back after a 3-yard TD run by the Bulldogs Zamir White gave Georgia a 35-10 lead early in the 3rd quarter. South Carolina was outgained by a 471-273 margin and committed one turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was WR Nick Muse who had 8 receptions for 131 yards & 1 TD.

On the season, South Carolina is averaging 24.1 ppg on 349.7 total yards per game (196.1 passing yds/g; 153.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, South Carolina has been led by RB Kevin Harris who has 928 yards & 14 TD’s on 164 carries. QB Luke Doty (69.6 Comp %, 320 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT) has taken over the quarterback duties from Collin Hill (59.1 Comp %, 1,411 yards, 6 TD, 6 INT). The top receiving threats for the Gamecocks have been Shi Smith (54 rec, 605 yards, 4 TD), Nick Muse (30 rec, 425 yards, TD), Kevin Harris (20 rec, 142 yards, TD).

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Defensively, South Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 35.4 ppg on 447.0 total yards per game (262.2 passing yds/g; 184.8 rushing yds/g).

The Kentucky Wildcats lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-6 (3-6 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the 6th ranked Florida Gators, 34-10, this past Saturday. Kentucky made the game competitive in the 1st half and trailed by just a 14-10 margin at halftime, however, the Wildcats were dominated on both ends of the field in the 2nd half and could not fight back after Florida took a 31-10 lead on a 7-yard TD reception by Kyle Pitts with 3:36 left in the 3rd quarter. Kentucky was outgained by Florida by a 418-221 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-2 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was QB Terry Wilson who completed 10 of 18 passes for 62 yards, 1 TD, & 2 INT. 

On the season, Kentucky is averaging 19.6 ppg on 291.8 total yards per game (115.9 passing yds/g; 175.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Kentucky has been led by QB Terry Wilson who has completed 62.1% of his passes for 894 yards, 7 TD, & 4 INT while also picking up 364 yards & 4 TD on the ground. The top receiving threats for the Wildcats have been Josh Ali (44 rec, 427 yards, TD), Keaton Upshaw (13 rec, 162 yards, 3 TD), and Allen Dailey Jr. (10 rec, 91 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Kentucky backfield has been the duo of Chris Rodriguez (88 att, 562 yards, 6 TD) and Asim Rose Jr. (80 att, 417 yards, TD).

Defensively, Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 27.3 ppg on 385.1 total yards per game (232.9 passing yds/g; 152.2 rushing yds/g).

The Gamecocks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Kentucky. The Wildcats are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games at home and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. South Carolina.

It’s been a rough season for South Carolina as the offensive has really struggled to find ways to put points on the scoreboard. Kentucky has also had a disappointing season, however, they have at been competitive this season and have an above average defense that can really give opponents trouble. South Carolina fired their coach a few weeks ago and between the fact that South Carolina has lost their last five games by an average of 25.2 points and that they haven’t not had success against Kentucky in recent years, I think the play here is to take Kentucky to cover this double-digit spread. Good Luck!

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