Kentucky Wildcats vs South Carolina Gamecocks 10/8/22 Predictions and Caesars Sportsbook Promo
October 7, 2022
The South Carolina Gamecocks will have their next SEC matchup by traveling to Kroger Field to face the Kentucky Wildcats.
The Gamecocks have won their two previous games, while the Wildcats suffered their first loss this season against the Ole Miss Rebels last week. Going into this game against South Carolina, the Wildcats have dominated their head-to-head history by winning seven out of eight games.
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Why bet on the Kentucky Wildcats?
✅ The Wildcats are scoring 28.8 points and allowed 14.8 points per game in five games. Their defense has been much more efficient than South Carolina's.
✅ QB Will Levis racks up 97 completions for 1,405 yards and 12 passing TDs this season. Spencer Rattler, meanwhile, has really struggled for the Gamecocks.
✅ The Wildcats' defense is ranked 20th in the nation with 123.8 rushing yards and 173.6 passing yards allowed per game.
|Teams:||Kentucky Wildcats vs. South Carolina Gamecocks|
|When:||Saturday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. ET|
|Venue:||Kroger Field, Lexington, KY|
|Betting Pick:||Kentucky Wildcats to cover | Spread @ -10.5 (-110)|
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Kentucky Wildcats vs South Carolina Gamecocks
The Kentucky Wildcats are currently 4-1 on the season and 1-1 in SEC play. After winning each of their first four games, the Wildcats got their first loss of the season from the Ole Miss Rebels. They lost the game 22-19 and turned the ball over multiple times with chances to score in the fourth quarter.
Facing an SEC matchup against the Gamecocks this weekend, Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops is expected to play QB Will Levis who has thrown 12 TDs and racked up 97 completions on 141 attempts for 1,405 yards so far. In the ground game, RB Kavosiey Smoke has carried the ball 53 times for 269 yards and one TD in five games.
The Wildcats' receiver trio, Tayvion Robinson, Barion Brown and Dane Key have combined for 916 receiving yards on 56 catches. As Levis' main passing targets, they have recorded eight touchdowns in five games.
South Carolina Gamecocks
The South Carolina Gamecocks are currently on a two-game winning streak and are 3-2 overall after winning last week's clash against the South Carolina State Bulldogs. They dominated the game and beat the Bulldogs 50-10.
As the number one QB on the Gamecocks' depth chart, Spencer Rattler is predicted to start against the Wildcats. He has 98 completions on 151 attempts for 1,120 yards in five games. Rattler has thrown four TDs and seven interceptions, worse than the Wildcats' Levis on both fronts.
South Carolina has had success with their ground game with a combination of their main rushers, MarShawn Llyod, Juju McDowell and Christian Beal-Smith. The three RBs have totaled 11 rushing TDs from 518 yards. Wide receiver Antwane Welles Jr., the Gamecocks' leading target, has caught 24 passes for 309 yards and tallied one touchdown.