Gamecock Man from the excellent Garnet And Black Attack site took some time to answer questions regarding Saturday's match-up between the Kentucky Wildcats and the South Carolina Gamecocks. If you are on Twitter, you can follow them @GABAttack for their views on South Carolina and the SEC. If for nothing else, follow them for their Twitter page's hilarious banner. Without further ado...
Q: Several major publications in the preseason listed South Carolina's offensive line as one of the best in the SEC. Has the unit lived up to those lofty expectations?
However, Carolina's pass protection broke down against Mizzou last week. Mizzou has some talented pass rushers, and Dylan didn't help matters by not getting rid of the ball, but last week proved that this line isn't invincible by any stretch of the imagination.
Q: Quarterback Dylan Thompson has taken the reigns of the offense as a senior but he did see some limited action in the past. How would you evaluate his performance to date?
Q: South Carolina has several nice pieces on the offensive side of the ball. Which play-makers should UK fans be aware of heading into Saturday's match-up.
Q: South Carolina's defense has faced some great offenses so far this season (Texas A&M, ECU, Georgia, and Missouri). With that in mind, and the loss of multi-year starters from last season, how do you feel the defense has done so far?
Q: Defensive end Gerald Dixon and linebacker Skai Moore appear to be two of South Carolina's best defensive players (and only sophomores!). Would you agree with that assessment, and are there any other defensive players poised to disrupt UK's offense?
Q: Final score and what will be the difference(s) in the game?
Hard to determine given how Carolina has been playing and how much better UK is than last season. This is a very important game for both teams: Carolina must win to keep its season alive, and the game is an excellent opportunity for Kentucky to position itself for bowl eligibility. I think Carolina remains the more talented team, though, and I feel Carolina will come out playing well with its back to the wall. Let's say Carolina in a close one, 27-20.
I'd like to thank Gamecock Man for his time and thoughtful responses. If you're interested in the questions he asked me, and the answers I provided, you can check that out here.