Kentucky vs. South Carolina Prediction: Picks & Start Time – October 2022

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SEC foes will do battle when the No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats (4-1) face the South Carolina Gamecocks (3-2) at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky.

Kentucky vs. South Carolina Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 5 points, with oddsmakers listing Kentucky as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, Kentucky has -211 odds to pick up the win, while South Carolina is listed at +171 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 45.5 points.

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Game Info

How to Watch Kentucky vs. South Carolina Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, October 8, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: SEC Network
  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • Stadium: Kroger Field

Betting Preview


Kentucky ranks 97th in total offense this season (367.8 yards per game), but has been thriving on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 21st-best in the FBS with 367.8 yards allowed per game. Kentucky sports the 77th-ranked offense this year (28.8 points per game), and has been better defensively, ranking 15th-best with just 14.8 points allowed per game. Kentucky ranks 32nd in passing yards this year (281.0 per game), but has been thriving on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 16th-best in the FBS with 173.6 passing yards allowed per game. Kentucky has been a bottom-25 run offense this year, ranking eighth-worst with 86.8 rushing yards per contest. Defensively, the Wildcats are ranked 48th in the FBS (123.8 rushing yards allowed per game). Kentucky has the 29th-ranked offense this season in terms of third-down efficiency (46.8% conversion rate), and has been more effective defensively, ranking 21st-best with a 29.0% third-down conversion rate allowed. With five forced turnovers (98th in the FBS) against eight turnovers committed (75th in the FBS), Kentucky’s -3-3 turnover margin ranks 100th in college football.

South Carolina

South Carolina is accumulating 395.4 total yards per game on offense this season (76th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is giving up 365.4 total yards per contest (60th-ranked). From an offensive perspective, South Carolina is putting up 35.6 points per contest (32nd-ranked). It ranks 77th in the FBS on the other side of the ball (27.2 points allowed per game). South Carolina has been thriving on pass defense, surrendering only 180.0 passing yards per game (22nd-best). On offense, it ranks 53rd in the FBS by piling up 257.2 passing yards per game. In terms of rushing, South Carolina ranks 89th in the FBS on offense (138.2 rushing yards per game) and 106th on the other side of the ball (185.4 rushing yards allowed per game). South Carolina is generating a 36.4% third-down conversion percentage on offense this season (87th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is surrendering a 41.8% third-down rate (92nd-ranked) on defense. South Carolina has accumulated seven forced turnovers (62nd in the FBS) and committed 13 turnovers (127th in the FBS) this season for a -6 turnover margin that ranks 100th in the FBS.

Kentucky vs. South Carolina Betting Analysis

Kentucky Betting Insights

Kentucky has covered the spread four times this season (4-1-0). Kentucky has an ATS record of 2-1 when playing as at least 5-point favorites. Games involving Kentucky have hit the over once this season. The Wildcats have been the moneyline favorite a total of three times this season, and they’ve won each of those games. The Wildcats have played in three games as a moneyline favorite with odds of -211 or shorter and won them all.

Gamecocks Betting Insights

South Carolina has gone 2-3-0 against the spread this season. South Carolina has not covered the spread (0-2) when it is at least 5-point underdogs. South Carolina games have gone over the total three times this year. The Gamecocks have lost both games they’ve played as underdogs this season. This season, the Gamecocks have won one of their three games when they’re the underdog by at least +171 on the moneyline.

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Kentucky vs. South Carolina Against The Spread & Betting Records


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 52.8 52.3 53.5
Implied Total AVG 35.0 38.3 30.0
ATS Record 4-1-0 2-1-0 2-0-0
Over/Under Record 1-4-0 1-2-0 0-2-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 3-0 3-0 0-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-1 0-0 1-1


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 57.8 58.5 55.0
Implied Total AVG 40.2 42.3 32.0
ATS Record 2-3-0 2-2-0 0-1-0
Over/Under Record 3-2-0 2-2-0 1-0-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 2-0 2-0 0-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 0-2 0-1 0-1

Players to Watch


  • As part of the Wildcats’ defense, Jordan Wright has delivered 11 tackles, 2.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception in five games.
  • Jacquez Jones has hit the gridiron for five games, collecting one interception to go along with 13 tackles, 1.0 TFL, one sack, and one pass defended for the Wildcats.
  • DeAndre Square has helped lead the Wildcats’ defense with 22 tackles and 1.0 TFL in five games.
  • J.J. Weaver, as part of the Wildcats’ defense, has registered 1.0 sack to go with 13 tackles in five games.


  • In five games for the Gamecocks, Jordan Burch has compiled 1.0 sack to go with 3.0 TFL and 15 tackles.
  • On defense, Brad Johnson has helped lead the way with 11 tackles and one interception in five games.
  • Jordan Strachan has been causing chaos on defense, amassing 1.0 sack to go with 2.0 TFL and 10 tackles for the Gamecocks.
  • On defense, Marcellas Dial has chipped in with six tackles and two interceptions in five games.

Kentucky vs. South Carolina Predictions and Pick

Kentucky vs. South Carolina betting card

    Pick ATS:

    Wildcats (-5)

    Pick OU:

    Over (45.5)

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How to Bet on Kentucky vs. South Carolina

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Our prediction to win this game is Kentucky, and we expect that Kentucky will cover the spread (Kentucky -5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 45.5 points.


Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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