LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A sixth-ranked South Carolina team that's rolling would seem to have all kinds of advantages Saturday night against reeling Kentucky.
The Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) have outscored their last three opponents 128-26 and have won seven of eight dating back to last season. They appear poised to again the Wildcats, especially after routing Kentucky 54-3 last fall at home.
None of that fazes Kentucky (1-3, 0-1).
The Wildcats believe the return of sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith from a separated shoulder provides the offense they need to end a two-game losing streak and avenge that blowout.
Kentucky has done it before. The Wildcats upset the Gamecocks 31-28 in Lexington two years ago. But South Carolina hasn't forgotten that either and is not looking past Kentucky.