Despite cruising to a 38-14 victory over the Bulldogs as a result of that big quarter, the Head Ball Coach once again commented on the talent that Coach Buddy Pough's team really possesses.
"I'm going to tell you something, South Carolina State, they've got a bunch of guys who could start for us," exclaimed Spurrier. "I'm serious. They've got linebackers (that) can run all over the place. Those two wide receiver guys they've got, they could play (on) most any SEC team. They are a very good team. I'm glad we don't have to play them anymore."
But like most coaches, Spurrier was not one to dwell on the past, and quickly complimented this week's foe: the Kentucky Wildcats.
"Kentucky's a very good team," said Spurrier. "They've been a good team. They've won a bowl game the last two years. Something we've certainly not done. And if they hadn't of played Florida and Alabama, they could be 4-0. So, their schedule has caused them to have the record they've got right now. But they certainly feel they've got a bunch of teams coming that they can beat. They're very capable of beating us, and I think we're capable of beating them."
Although Spurrier possesses a sparkling 16-0 record against the Wildcats and the Gamecocks have a nine game winning streak in the series, the veteran coach said that he is not concerned with streaks or history, but only this year's game.
"No, that doesn't have anything to do with this year's game. That's all historical, this year's game will stand on its own merit. How the teams play and take care of the ball, fewest mistakes and all that kind of stuff. So, (we're) looking forward to seeing if we can't play a lot better."
The Gamecocks will certainly need their best effort against an SEC opponent coming off two tough losses, and hungry for a win. Spurrier said that Gamecocks had too many "lousy plays" against SC State, and "hopefully we can play a lot better."
- Offensive tackle Quintin Richardson will be able to play this weekend after missing last week's game. He was recovering from a shoulder stinger as well as a flu bug.
- Spurrier said that tight end Weslye Saunders has a sprained ankle, and is doubtful for the Kentucky game.
- With Saunders out, freshman tight end Justice Cunningham will get his first start on Saturday.
- Spurrier also said that suspended cornerback Akeem Auguste was practicing with the scout team, and will continue to do so while he serves the remainder of his suspension.