The Kentucky Wildcats and South Carolina Gamecocks are both 2-0 heading into their Week 3 matchup in Columbia on Saturday.

However, the two teams have gotten to those records in very different ways, with the Gamecocks beating two tough teams in NC State and Mizzou and the Wildcats beating Southern Miss before struggling to win against Eastern Kentucky last weekend.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops knows his team is in for a tough game on Saturday night, especially against Gamecocks’ QB Jake Bentley and WR Deebo Samuel.

In an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday, Stoops said the Gamecocks are a team on the rise (via

“The quarterback is getting better with every opportunity,” he said. “He’s just a true sophomore and really is mature beyond his years. He really looks very poised out there. He’s very good at creating plays. He’s very good in the pocket. He’s got a big arm. And of course Deebo, he’s dangerous. You have to know where he’s at every time he’s in the game. And, you know, it’s hard just to give him all your attention because they have quality receivers on the other side as well. Very dynamic team offensively.

“Defensively, just getting better with every game just like you would expect with Will (Muschamp) coaching them. So, very good football team. We’ll have our hands full. It will be a great atmosphere down there and we’ll have to play a good football team.”

Saturday night’s SEC East showdown kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time and can be seen on the SEC Network.