The South Carolina Gamecocks are coming off a huge win that may have been the turning point in their season last week. South Carolina took down the Missouri Tigers on the road in overtime and it took a furious comeback to do so. Sitting at 6-2, the Gamecocks still have a chance to win the SEC East title.
On the other side of the field, expectations were high prior to the season for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but a slow start to the season has been the reason for the 4-3 record they run out there. The Bulldogs are a team that could be an upset favorite, seeing as they are still looking for that signature win.
South Carolina won the game a week ago thanks to the strong, clutch play of senior quarterback Connor Shaw who has been solid this season — when healthy. Shaw has passed for 1,508 yards and 14 touchdowns for the 40th ranked passing attack. Bruce Ellington has been his favorite wide out, catching 31 passes for 468 yards and five touchdowns. Mike Davis has been one of the best running backs in the nation for the Gamecocks, rushing for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Mississippi State started the season with Tyler Russell at quarterback and then switched to sophomore Dak Prescott who has been decent behind center. The team has now settled on a two-quarterback attack that has led the way as of late. Prescott has 1,158 yards and five touchdowns on the year while leading the team in rushing with 490 yards and eight scores. Russell has experience as well as 338 yards and a score in limited time this season. Jameon Lewis has helped both QBs, catching 30 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, the Gamecocks rank 39th in the nation in yards allowed per game while also ranking 17th in the nation in yards allowed per game with just over 350. Mississippi State ranks 38th in the country in points allowed per game and 51st in the nation in yards allowed per game.
Mississippi State will travel to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks at 12:21 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 2. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.
PREDICTION: Mississippi State 20, South Carolina 34