South Carolina is halfway through what they hope will be a November to remember. The Gamecocks entered the month needing to sweep their four remaining games, all at home to get to 6-6 and bowl eligibility. After wins over Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt, the Gamecocks are 4-6.
Next up is a Kentucky team that had high hopes going into the season but has lost four of their last five games, though the losses came against some of the best teams in the SEC this season. The Wildcats 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the SEC. They are favored by 1.5 points Saturday.
Tuesday, USC coach Shane Beamer met with the media to preview the matchup with the Wildcats.
Some of Beamer’s ken comments:
- Knows what you’re facing in a Mark Stoops team at Kentucky, physical, well coached, Wildcats have played some really good teams of late, they are talented and it starts with the run game, big OL, accurate passing QB, they do fantastic job on defense.
- Knox practiced today, should be fine, Jones remains out, Joyner is doubtful, otherwise in solid shape.
- On the three-man front they used on defense last week, they look at the opponent every week and decide what will work best that week, so four man or three man front depends on opponent and their gameplan.
- Braswell has worked to get better in all parts of the game, he’s showed up well in practice and is only going to get better as he gets more work.
- Doesn’t like the trend of schools firing coaches in November because of the early signing period in December. Understands the connection of his name to Mississippi State job, but here is where he wants to be and wants to be in Columbia for a long time.
- They got better from Jacksonville State to Vanderbilt, and this week it’s critical they get better from last week to this week, understands his teams have gotten better over the last weeks of the season, keeps pushing players to do things the right way.
- Asks coaches to keep him informed if other coaches reach out to them but the focus had better be on Kentucky this week; as for Loggains and OC job at Arkansas, they have talked and he knows he’s really happy here in Columbia.