A week ago, the South Carolina Gamecocks lost their second game of the relatively young season, dropping to 5-2 overall and to the No. 21 spot in this week’s rankings. It’s looking like the Gamecocks might be out of the SEC race unless some of the top teams drop two or three games.
On the other side of the field, the Missouri Tigers seem to be this year’s Texas A&M Aggies. The Tigers are one of the newest teams to the SEC and have the second-highest ranking in the conference. Missouri is 7-0 on the season and if it can get past the Gamecocks, there is a good chance it can go unbeaten this season.
South Carolina might be moving forward during the next couple of weeks without its starting quarterback Connor Shaw who suffered a knee sprain in a loss to the Tennessee Volunteers on the road. Shaw has been productive for the Gamecocks this season, passing for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns, but it looks like Dylan Thompson will be filling in for the injured quarterback. Whoever ends up at quarterback this Saturday will have some serious help in the run game in Mike Davis who could be the be the best running back in the conference with 879 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Missouri will be without starting quarterback James Franklin for a little while as the senior went down with an injury in week seven and didn’t return to play in week eight. There is no timetable for his return and it will be tough for the Tigers to win without him. Maty Mauk is a solid backup choice, passing for 336 yards and a touchdown in Franklin’s absence. L’Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham combine for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns this season and will give Mauk some serious help in the pass game.
Defensively, the Gamecocks rank 39th in the nation in points allowed per game and even better in yards allowed per game, ranking 19th nationally. Missouri 33rd in points allowed per game while also ranking 48th in yards allowed per game.
South Carolina will travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: South Carolina 24, Missouri 30