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Missouri Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14

Missouri Tigers (3-1) at South Carolina Gamecocks (3-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Williams-Brice Stadium)

The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -6 -- Over/Under: 61.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Missouri Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks play Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The Missouri Tigers are coming off a shocking loss to the Indiana Hoosiers and could use a win here to get back on track. Offensively, Missouri is led by quarterback Maty Mauk, who has at times looked like a dark horse Heisman candidate, completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. The Tigers have a solid wide receiver trio made up of Bud Sasser, Darius White and Jimmie Hunt that has combined for over 800 yards and 12 touchdowns. Russell Hansbrough leads Missouri with 377 rushing yards, as the Tigers are also averaging a decent four yards per carry. Missouri has shown to be a balanced offense team that can hurt you with either the pass or the run. Defensively, the Missouri Tigers are allowing 391.3 yards per game and have forced nine turnovers and 13 sacks. Michael Scherer leads Missouri with 41 tackles and Shane Ray has five sacks.

Missouri Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14

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The South Carolina Gamecocks are a different team than they were the opening week, stringing together three straight wins. Dylan Thompson has really settled down at quarterback, completing 62 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. South Carolina has four different players with more than 100 receiving yards and Nick Jones leads the way with 259 and three touchdowns. The Gamecocks ground game is led by the physical Mike Davis, and while he hasn’t scored in two weeks, he’s averaging a healthy 4.6 yards per carry. Like Missouri, the Gamecocks can hurt you in a variety of ways and put points on the board quickly. Defensively, the South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 480 yards and have forced four turnovers and four sacks. Skai Moore leads the Gamecocks with 28 tackles and Gerald Dixon has two tackles for loss.

The Tigers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Gamecocks are 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in September. 

Like most SEC conference games are, this is going to be a hard fought battle for 60 minutes. However, getting this line under a touchdown is a steal for the Gamecocks. I like the home field advantage for South Carolina and believe that they’re the better and more physical team on both sides of the ball. The Gamecocks win and cover.

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South Carolina Gamecocks -6

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