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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: South Carolina Gamecocks Edition

Kentucky heads into Gamecock country to face South Carolina in a pivotal Week 5 matchup. Can the ‘Cats put two heartbreaking losses behind them and score their first SEC victory?

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Thursday Morning Quickies.

So it’s South Carolina week, and Kentucky gets to travel to Columbia this year for a game which looks pivotal for the success of both teams this season.

South Carolina limps into this game having lost three of its opening four games, the lone victory represented by a victory over Charleston Southern, an FCS school.

Kentucky, on the other hand, is 2-2 and on a two-game slide, both painful, near-miss losses against Florida and Mississippi State. For all the world, it looks to me like the Florida heartbreaker beat Kentucky twice, and hopefully the Wildcats have recovered their equilibrium by now. Because if they haven’t...

Anyway, Vegas has the Wildcats as a 2-point dog, which seems about right to me. I’ll leave it to others to go into detail as to what Kentucky needs to clean up, but it is my fervent hope that the learning curves in the secondary are steep.

Neither of these two teams is in shape to compete for the East with both losing their starting quarterback. Sawyer Smith was banged up after the MSU game, but it appears that he’s almost back to 100%, although we will still be without Isaiah Epps at wideout and possibly Jordan Griffin in the defensive backfield as well.

But both teams need a win, and although this game is arguably more important to the Gamecocks, Kentucky probably wants it just as bad.

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