COLUMBIA, SC - The goals for 2016 are much higher than three wins but it would be noteworthy if USC is able to equal its win total from last season with a win Saturday at Kentucky.
Carolina is coming off Saturday's 20-15 win over East Carolina in the home opener. Now the team heads back on the road for the third time in the first four weeks of the season with a chance to go 2-1 which would be one better than last season.
"It would definitely be a big accomplishment for us with the new coaching staff and everything," said USC offensive lineman Alan Knott.
"The new way we've been doing things around here. It would be big for us."
USC defensive back D.J. Smith is looking at a chance to snap a skid against the Wildcats who have won the last two meetings in this series.
"It would be good to beat them because they've beat us the last two years," Smith said.
"It wouldn't be good to lose three in a row. I don't think that's fun."
USC running back David Williams has been in the program long enough to know 3-1, while modest, would be a positive mid-year step under new head coach Will Muschamp.
"A lot of people didn't expect us to be in a position to be 3-1," said Williams.
"Then, it's an East game so we just have to go out there and compete."
Kickoff Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.