Posted 10/11/2008 at 09:20 AM
--Steve Spurrier is 15-0 as a coach against Kentucky. The Wildcats have lost eight straight to South Carolina.
--South Carolina WR Kenny McKinley returned to the lineup in the team’s 31-24 win at Ole Miss. McKinley had missed three straight games and most of the last four with a strained hamstring. He had four receptions for 52 yards against the Rebels.
--South Carolina owns an 8-2-1 spread record as a road underdog during Spurrier’s four-year tenure. The Gamecocks were short ‘dogs early in this week, but they are now two-point favorites at most spots. The ‘Cocks are 3-2 ATS as road ‘chalk’ under Spurrier.
--GameCockCentral.com beat writer Scott Hood has predicted the Gamecocks to win 24-17 at Kentucky.
--Tennessee sophomore quarterback Nick Stephens will make his second career start today at Georgia. He connected on 10-of-17 attempts for 152 yards and one touchdown in last week’s 13-9 non-covering win over No. Illinois.
--UT has won outright in its last two trips to Athens. In 2004, the Vols were 12 1/2-point underdogs (just like they are today) and won 19-14. They have outscored UGA 86-37 in the last two meetings, a 51-33 win at Georgia in 2006 and a 35-14 home win last year.
--Vandy hasn't won in Starkville since 1971. The Commodores are hoping to start SEC play with a 4-0 record for the first time in school history. They are 2 1/2-point favorites today at Mississippi St.
--Five SEC Players who need to play HUGE today:
1-Mackenzie Adams (Vandy QB)
2-Jarrett Lee (LSU QB)
3-Brandon Spikes (Florida LB)
4-Anthony Dixon (Miss. St. RB)
5-Kenny McKinley (South Carolina WR)
--Here's a little breaking news (and a non-SEC factoid): According to an alert from Las Vegas Sports Consultants, West Virginia QB Pat White has been downgraded to "doubtful" for the Mountaineers' home game against Syracuse today at noon Eastern. The number has been moved from 24 1/2 into the 21-22 range.