As these two teams hook up, they will be competing to stay alive and keep the pressure on the Georgia Bulldogs. By the time this game rolls around, the Gamecocks will have already dropped their matchup with the Bulldogs, and the Tigers will do the same the week after this game. This means both teams will be looking at being at least one game back.
Whichever team loses this game will probably be out of the running in the East. This loss would especially be crippling for the Gamecocks.
The holes that Steve Spurrier‘s team enters the year with will be too much to overcome early to beat Georgia. They will enter this game with at least one conference loss. If they let the Tigers come in and upset them at home, we could be talking about the SEC media’s pick to win the East being irrelevant by Week 5 of the season.
For Gary Pinkel and the Tigers, a loss wouldn’t be as devastating because they still have some hope. It’s their first conference game, and therefore they would still have a shot at beating Georgia, which should provide motivation going into practice the following week. Plus, they do get the Bulldogs at home, which will help their cause.
When it’s all said and done, I believe the Gamecocks will prevail with their backs against the wall. Mizzou has lost too much in one offseason to be able to repeat as division champs, and they will see a dramatic drop-off from 2013. South Carolina will win and stay in the hunt, keeping the pressure on Georgia.
The game will be close for three quarters, but Mike Davis and the Carolina offense will take over in the fourth quarter and put the game on ice.
Final score: South Carolina 28, Missouri 20