Ken­tucky over S CAROLINA by 7

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

While he’s no threat to be in­vited to this year’s Heis­man Tro­phy cer­e­mony, South Carolina WR Deebo Sa­muel can play. He snared a pair of TD passes in the Cocks’ open­ing win over NC State, scored on a 25-yard rush­ing play against Mis­souri, and ran back a kick­off for a touch­down in each game. But those big plays mask a se­ri­ous flaw in South Carolina’s 2-0 start: the 31-13 win over Mis­souri marked the sec­ond straight week where Will Muschamp’s team won on the score­board de­spite be­ing out­yarded on the field. As a re­sult, they en­ter to­day’s fray al­low­ing 158 YPG more than they’ve gained – a def­i­nite no-no. Ken­tucky HC Mark Stoops is feel­ing some heat in Lex­ing­ton af­ter post­ing a 19-30 SU mark in the pre­vi­ous four years and even though the Wild­cats have man­aged a 2-0 start, both games were in doubt un­til the late go­ing. For­tu­nately for Ash­ley Judd and UK na­tion, Stoops is 3-1 ATS in SEC away open­ers and the Blue­grass Cats own a 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS log in the last four se­ries meet­ings with SC. Our well-oiled ma­chine pumps up the vol­ume by telling us un­de­feated 17 re­turn­ing starter dogs off con­sec­u­tive wins like Ken­tucky are against un­de­feated foes since 1990. Con­sid­er­ing the Cocks are a limp 3-9 SUATS with re­venge when play­ing off a SU un­der­dog win, we’ll take the touch­down from a South Carolina team ripe for a let­down.

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