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Kentucky at South Carolina Preview: Checking in on Kentucky's Offense

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BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 01:  Joker Phillips, head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a call during a game being held at Tiger Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 01: Joker Phillips, head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a call during a game being held at Tiger Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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This post is going to be brief; I've been a bit under the weather this week and am very behind on real-life work.

Here are a few key things to know about UK's offense:

--Even without Melvin Ingram, there should be ample opportunity to frisk Morgan Newton's whiskers this week. UK ranks 113th in the nation in passing offense and 118th in sacks allowed with over 4 per game. If Ingram sits (and he should, so he can be ready the next week), look for Devin Taylor and Jadeveon Clowney to have big days. Newton himself ranks 93rd in the country in passing.

--Kentucky tailback Josh Clemons has actually looked fairly good at times. He ran for over 120 yards against Central Michigan and has shown some moves and toughness in other games. Unfortunately for the 'Cats, he's in a similar situation to Marcus Lattimore; teams don't fear UK's passing game, they key in on Clemons, and the rest goes predictably.

--The most surprising thing about UK's offense this season is something that should already be clear--its offensive line is terrible. The line was supposed to be one of Kentucky's strong points this year; many starters return from a unit that was among the league's best in multiple statistical categories. Of course, Newton's play has allowed defense's to pin their ears back, making things difficult for the line, but its struggles cannot be dismissed.

--La'Rod King is UK's playmaker at WR. Look for the 'Cats to try to get him the ball.