Spurrier says only that South Carolina is better than UK - and not much else

PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Coach Steve Spurrier says No. 6 South Carolina is better than Kentucky.

While the coach is obviously very confident, he says if the Gamecocks don't play better than the Wildcats on Saturday, Kentucky "can certainly beat us."

The ingredients appear to be there for a rout for South Carolina.

The Wildcats don't look any better than the team the Gamecocks beat 54-3 last season, and South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw's injured shoulder appears healed.

Shaw completed 20 straight passes to finish last week's 31-10 win over Missouri. The junior needs just five completions to start Saturday's game to pass former Tennessee QB Tee Martin's SEC record of 25 competitions. The Football Bowl Subdivision record is 36 completions by East Carolina's Dominique Davis.

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Call it the Head Ball Coach media blackout.

Spurrier refused to take questions for a second straight session with the media, doubling up Sunday on the trend he began during Saturday's postgame session after the sixth-ranked Gamecocks defeated Missouri 31-10.

Spurrier started his regularly scheduled Sunday teleconference as always with about a five-minute review of the previous day's contest, an update on player injuries and a look ahead to the Gamecocks next opponent, Kentucky. That's when he said he didn't need to take questions and hung up before anyone could protest.

Spurrier seemed jovial Saturday as he spoke to media following South Carolina's victory. After talking for about 10 minutes, Spurrier said he didn't need to take any questions, got up and left.

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South Carolina's Connor Shaw is adding to his repertoire and increasing the sixth-ranked Gamecocks prospects in the Southeastern Conference.

Shaw connected on 20 straight passes and threw a pair of touchdowns in South Carolina's 31-10 victory over Missouri on Saturday. It was a major step forward for a junior quarterback mostly known for beating teams with his legs. If Shaw keeps passing like he did - and keeps opponents guessing whether he'll run or throw - it will give the Gamecocks' offense the added dimension at quarterback it has been missing most of Spurrier's eight seasons.

South Carolina's defense was never in doubt and showed out again against the first-year SEC team. The Tigers managed 255 yards and didn't cross the goal line until the game's final seconds.

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