South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Missouri Tigers - 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 -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Missouri Tigers face off on Saturday in Columbia in a SEC college football matchup.
The South Carolina Gamecocks have rebounded from their opening night loss to Texas A&M for three consecutive wins as they play their third SEC game of the year. South Carolna shook off a slow start against Vanderbilt on Saturday to get a 14 point win in Nashville but they will need to play better than that as with the one loss already under their belt hey have zero room for any more slips. Dylan Thompson continues to improve at QB and he is up to 11 touchdown passes this season but he doesn’t give the Gamecocks the scrambling ability they had under Connor Shaw the past few years. Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds continue to anchor the South Carolina rushing attack but they have just three rushing touchdowns between them. As far as receivers for the Gamecocks Pharoh Cooper is living up to expectations with 21 catches and two touchdowns, Nick Jones has 17 catches and three touchdowns, and Shaq Roland has 14 catches and two touchdowns as the South Carolina passing attack seems to be more multi-dimensional than it has been in quite some time. Defensively South Carolina has three interceptions, a fumble recovery, and four sacks whch are all areas they would like to se improvement. Skai Moore leads SC in tackles with 28 followed by T.J. Gurley with 24, and Rico McWilliams with 17. The SEC East looks to be wide open and South Carolina has to believe they have a reasonable shot to take it.
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The Missouri Tigers are coming off of their worst loss in two years as the lost at home against an Indiana team they were favored to beat by two touchdowns. It is possible Mizzou was looking ahead but the defense just looked flat as IU had their way all afternoon long. The Tigers will try and regroup as Maty Mauk has 14 TD passes and four interceptions thus far this season. Russell hansbrough has been a force in the running game averaging 6.6 yards per carry with three touchdowns and Marcus Murphy has a 4.5 yards per carry average. Bud Sasser has 23 receptions and four touchdowns to lead all MU receivers and Jimmie Hunt has 15 catches and Darius White has 15. The Missouri defense has five interceptions, 14 sacks, and four fumble recoveries and while those are impressive, the unit was gouged on the ground by the Hoosiers. Michael Scherer leads the way for the Missouri defense with 41 tackles, Shane Ray has six sacks, and Aarion Penton has two interceptions. South Carolina was Missouri’s lone regular season loss last year and they would love payback in Columbia on Saturday.
South Carolina is 6-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six September games. Missouri is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five SEC games, and 8-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
South Carolina has been more of a get it done and find a way to win type of team than a blow their opponent out type of team and I expect that to be the case here and I will take Missouri and the points in what looks to be a suspiciously low number.