south carolina football takes the road for the last time in the 2021 regular season as he travels to take on his latest SEC East opponent, the Missouri Tigers, in the other Columbia – Columbia, Missouri.
The Gamecocks routed Florida after their week off, sending Dan Mullen’s Gators back to Gainesville with a 40-17 loss and closing in on a bowl eligibility win in Shane Beamer’s first year of the season. as a head coach. Missouri return to Faurot Field after suffering a 43-6 loss to Georgia in Athens last week.
South Carolina could even break the series record against Missouri with a victory on Saturday, as the Tigers currently hold the game with an overall record of 6-5. Mizzou has won the last two encounters, leaving Williams-Brice Stadium last season with a 17-10 victory on November 21, 2020.
How to watch the South Carolina vs Missouri football game
Who: South Carolina Gamecocks (5-4, 2-4 SEC) vs. Missouri Tigers (4-5, 1-4 SEC)
Or: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium (62 621) in Columbia, MO
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
TV: SEC Network
This week’s SEC betting odds, TV hours
The Gamecocks opened a 3-point underdog in Missouri on the road, but the line has changed in various sports betting. Caesars, Circa Sports, SuperBook and the VegasInsider Consensus lowered the line to 1 point in favor of Missouri, while South Carolina was actually 1.5 points favored according to DraftKings on Sunday night.
The SEC dot spreads this week
- Noon: State of New Mexico to Alabama (-50)
- Noon: Mississippi State to Auburn (-4)
- Noon: Samford to Florida (-31.5) *
- 3:30 p.m .: Georgia (-20.5) in Tennessee
- 4 p.m .: South Carolina to Missouri (-1)
- 7 p.m .: Texas A&M (-2.5) at Ole Miss
- 7 p.m .: Kentucky (-19) at Vanderbilt
- 7:30 p.m .: Arkansas (-2) at LSU
The state of the Gamecocks
South Carolina are coming off a decisive victory in the first year of the Beamer era, handily beating Florida 40-17 at Williams-Brice Stadium.
It looks like the week of rest between losing Texas A&M (losing 44-14 at College Station) and winning Florida did wonders for the Gamecocks’ offensive progression, as Jason Brown took the reins of the quarterback. back and set the stage for South Carolina’s most productive week. in total offense (459 yards) and rushing yards (284).
Pair that performance with a season best effort with quick defense, limited a typically prolific Florida rushing game to 82 yards on 26 attempts, another positive day in the turnover battle (fumble clawed back for a touchdown and an interception) and just one penalty for the day, and the Gamecocks could peak late.
South Carolina only needs one more win in their last three games – against Missouri, Auburn or Clemson – to qualify for a bowl game in Beamer’s first season.
The State of the Missouri Tigers
Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak’s status is unknown following an injury that saw the Tigers second-year starter miss their last game against Georgia. Second-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz chose to split time between Bazelak’s two substitutes Tyler Macon and Brady Cook, to little success in a 43-6 loss to the nation’s No.1 team.
The Tigers offense isn’t exactly prolific, ranked towards the SEC’s mid-tier in yards per game, but Missouri’s real struggles have been with its failing defense, which allows nearly 500 yards per game and sees its opponents average 36.8 points.
Missouri’s top defense has been particularly anemic, ranked at the bottom of the conference allowing 271 yards each week. The Tigers have only held three of their nine opponents within 250 yards on the ground – central Michigan, north Texas and (ironically) Georgia.
Missouri are at the bottom of the SEC East, above a 2-7 Vanderbilt squad, and need two wins in games against South Carolina, Florida and Arkansas to reach a bowl spot. .
3 Mizzou players to watch
Tauskie Dove, WR: Dove has explosive playing potential and has managed at least one reception from 10 yards or more in every Missouri game this season. He’s totaled 30 catches for 454 yards this year and averaged 15.1 yards per reception, making the 6-foot-2 gap a formidable matchup for the Gamecocks high school.
Jaylon Carlies, DB: Carlies is a machine for the Tigers, with four interceptions and one forced fumble this season. The 6-foot-3 second-year safety is tied for third in the country for total interceptions (second in the SEC behind Jaylan Foster of South Carolina) and has been one of the only bright spots in the Missouri’s last loss to Georgia, intercepting Bulldog quarterback JT Daniels and coming up with a team manager 10 tackles in Athens.
Tyler Badie, RB: Badie’s production was stifled in Missouri’s last game against Georgia, but the senior will look to replicate the performances he had against Central Michigan (203 yards on 25 carries), North Texas (209 yards on 17 carries) and Vanderbilt (254 yards on 31 carries). Badie has already eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in 2021 and adds 315 more yards on 45 receptions. It is the 10th most productive rusher in the country and ranks first in the SEC.