Missouri vs. South Carolina fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 6
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC
Network: SEC Network
Missouri (3-1) vs. South Carolina (2-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Missouri Will Win
The Tigers had two weeks off after the loss to Georgia. Before that, the offense was working well, with over 200 rushing yards against both Purdue and Wyoming, and then with four scores against the Bulldogs.
Drew Lock and the passing game will always be fine. As long as the rushing attack works, South Carolina might not be able to keep up. It’s not that the Gamecocks don’t have the offense; it’s that they’re not hanging on to the ball.
Not only is USC turning it over – with nine giveaways so far – but the offense isn’t controlling the clock, keeping it for just over 27 minutes per game. Part of the way things roll under Will Muschamp is to win games on defense and control the action as much as possible.
One of the biggest and best improvements for Mizzou under new offensive coordinator Derek Dooley has been to maintain more control. Lock has been better and sharper – Georgia game aside – and the Tigers have been far, far better at having the ball, keeping it for almost 32 minutes.
One Reason Why South Carolina Will Win
The South Carolina secondary has been fantastic so far.
It got picked apart by Jake Fromm – like Missouri’s loss, blow off anything that happens against Georgia this year – but everyone else has struggled. Kentucky doesn’t throw all that much, but Vanderbilt has a passing game, and Kyle Shurmur and company had problems.
USC hasn’t allowed more than one touchdown pass in any game. At the moment, this is the second-best pass defense in the SEC, helped by an okay pass rush. The defensive front has been good enough to get behind the line to steadily come up with big plays.
On the other side, Missouri’s defense overall hasn’t been all that bad, but it’ll give up passing yards. It’s not just the 572 allowed to Purdue; the Gamecocks have the passing game to get to at least 200 yards against a secondary that gave up three touchdowns in each of the last two games.
What’s Going To Happen
Expect a fun battle between two even teams.
Coming off the loss to Kentucky when the offense couldn’t get going, watch out for a better overall effort at home from a Gamecock team looking for a little bit of consistency.
Missouri is good enough and experienced enough to pull this off, but the USC D will come through on just enough money downs to get Lock off the field.
Gamecock WR Bryan Edwards will be the difference with one big punt return that will change things around in the second half.
Fearless Prediction & Line
South Carolina 27, Missouri 24
Line: South Carolina -1, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
5: First Man
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