South Carolina and Missouri will take part in one of the weekend's biggest games when they hook up at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri tomorrow night. Kickoff in Saturday's SEC East showdown between the Gamecocks and Tigers is set for 7:00pm ET; the game will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Saturday College Football Odds from offshore bookmaker 5Dimes have Mizzou listed as a -3 against the spread and -160 money line favorite ($160 wins $100). Tomorrow's Over/Under is set at 52.5 points.
Missouri scored a huge 41-26 win at Georgia on October 12th to improve to 6-0, but the victory came with a price as starting quarterback James Franklin suffered a possible season ending shoulder injury.
With Franklin out of the lineup many wondered if the Tigers could continue their magical season by getting past Florida. Filling Franklin's shoes would be highly touted but untested freshman Maty Mauk, and he would need to overcome a formidable Gators defense.
Mizzou's run did, in fact, continue as it blasted Florida 36-17 thanks to its terrific defensive play (Gators amassed just 11 first downs and 151 total yards) and a ground game that cranked out 205 yards on 37 carries (5.5 ypc).
The pressure does not let up for the Tigers, though, who have to be thinking about a possible SEC Championship Game appearance at this juncture.
South Carolina, which thumped Missouri 31-10 last season, comes into this game off a surprising 21-23 loss at Tennessee, but it won four straight prior to its meeting with the Volunteers. The Gamecocks beat Vanderbilt, Central Florida, Kentucky, and Arkansas by an average of 16.3 points per game and they opened the season with a 17 point win over North Carolina.
The Gamecocks may be without starting quarterback Connor Shaw (listed as doubtful) tomorrow as he suffered a sprained knee in the Tennessee game. Junior Dylan Thompson will likely get the nod under center, which is not a good thing for South Carolina.
Shaw, who has rushed for 397 yards and three touchdowns this season, is the more mobile of the two passers and mobility could be key considering the tenacity with which the Tigers rush the quarterback (tied for fifth in the FBS with 23 sacks).
Notable Trends: The Under is 5-0 in Missouri's last five games as a home favorite with a spread between 0 and 3.5 points.
College Football Odds South Carolina vs Missouri:
South Carolina Gamecocks +3 (-110), Over 52.5 (-110), +140 (Moneyline)
Missouri Tigers -3 (-110), Under 52.5 (-110), -160 (Moneyline)
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