Kickoff time and TV designation are set for Kentucky’s Oct. 8 home game against South Carolina.
The No. 7 Wildcats (4-0) and Gamecocks (2-2) kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network, it was announced Monday.
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After losing 10 in a row and 13 of 14 to USC from 2000-13, the UK have dominated the series in recent years, winning seven of the last eight meetings, including a 16-10 decision in Colombia last season. last and a 41-18 win in the last game played at Lexington of 2020.
Kentucky’s national ranking of No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 is its highest since placing sixth in the last AP poll of the 1977 season. The Wildcats are 4-0 off in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2007-08 and third time under head coach mark stoops.
South Carolina, meanwhile, opened the 2022 season and second under head coach Shane Beamer with a 35-14 win over Georgia State followed by back-to-back SEC losses at Arkansas (44-30) and Georgia (48-7) before bouncing back with a 56-20 victory over Charlotte on Saturday.
Gamecocks are led by Oklahoma quarterback and transfer spencer ratter, who completed 62.1% of his passes for 909 yards and two touchdowns to five interceptions. Come back MarShawn Lloyd rushed for 244 yards and five touchdowns while adding 10 receptions for 107 yards and a score.
James Madison wide receiver and transfer Antwane Wells leads USC with 17 receptions for 271 yards and a touchdown, followed by Jalen Brookswho caught 14 balls for 237 yards
defensively, Nick Emmanwori leads the way with 31 total tackles, followed by Zacch Pickens with 20.
This week, the No. 7 Kentucky travels to Oxford for a top-15 match with the No. 14 Ole Miss on Saturday. Game time is noon ET and will be televised on ESPN. The match will also be broadcast live on UK Sports Network with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel calling for action. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Molly McGrath and Todd McShay will have the call for ESPN.
SEC Network’s weekly, traveling pregame show, SEC Nation Presented by Johnsonville, will be in town for the Top 15 Teams game. The show will originate from The Grove from 9-11 a.m. CT, Saturday, October 1, on SEC Network.
The game will also mark the UK’s return from running back Chris Rodriguezwho was suspended for the first four games of the season after filing an inaccurate scorecard while working at UK HealthCare Hospital.
In Rodriguez’s absence, the Wildcats struggled to run the ball, averaging just 2.4 yards per carry in four games. British quarterback Will Levis more than made up for the lack of ground production in the air, passing for 1,185 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for two scores.