Gamecocks (-5, 62.5)
Despite putting itself in a hole on the opening night of the
season, No. 15 South Carolina is now in position to put the
pressure on the rest of the SEC East. The Gamecocks will be
halfway through their conference slate after Saturday’s visit
from Missouri, and another win against a division rival would
be a major advantage. The Tigers are aiming for their seventh
straight road win while South Carolina has won 20 of its last
21 at home.
Neither team looked like a title contender a week ago, as the
Gamecocks struggled before pulling away for a 48-34 win at
Vanderbilt and the Tigers gave up a late touchdown in a 31-27
home loss to Indiana. “We’re still in the hunt for whatever
we’re in the hunt for, but obviously we need to concern
ourselves with playing the game at a lot better level than
we’ve been playing,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told
reporters. The Gamecocks handed the Tigers their only
regular-season blemish a year ago, storming back from a 17-0
fourth-quarter deficit for a 27-24 overtime victory at
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: South Carolina
LINE HISTORY: The opening spread saw
South Carolina -6, but has been steadily on the decline down to
-5 on Friday. The toal has adjusted slightly after opening at
63, it now sits at 62.5.
INJURY REPORT: Mizzou – DL Markus
Golden (Prob-Hamstring), RB Morgan Steward (Ques-Hip)
South Carolina – TE Kevin Crosby (Ques-Foot),
C Cody Waldrop (Out-Knee)
WEATHER REPORT: Projected temperatures are 25°
and upwards of 30° with the humidity. There skies will be
cloudy will sparse sun, but wind or rain should not impact play
on the field.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Missouri was finally
exposed last week when they lost 31-27 at home as 14-point
favorites against Indiana. The Tigers got off to an
unexpected hot start this season (3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS), but
after last week’s loss we may see Missouri under perform now
going forward. QB Maty Mauk is good (14/4 TD/INT ratio),
but he can’t carry the offense every week, especially in
conference play. South Carolina has not played as good as
projected. The Gamecocks have played a tough early
schedule with the likes of Texas A&M, East Carolina and
Georgia, but last week’s struggle at a terrible Vanderbilt team
is concerning. South Carolina upset Missouri in Columbia
last season as 3-point underdogs in overtime after trailing
17-0 going into the fourth quarter.” – Covers Expert Steve Merril
ABOUT MISSOURI (3-1, 0-0 SEC): The Tigers have
hardly missed a beat on offense with Maty Mauk under center, as
the sophomore has racked up 978 yards and 14 TDs through the
air and added 115 yards and a score on the ground. Defensive
end Shane Ray has been a disruptive force, ranking tied for
second in the nation with 2.4 tackles for loss per game and
tied for third with 1.5 sacks per contest, and he will need to
continue that production against a strong Gamecocks offense.
The Tigers were without the other bookend, defensive end Markus
Golden, against Indiana because of a hamstring injury, but he
is expected to play this week.
ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (3-1, 2-1): As usual,
Spurrier’s squad boasts a potent, balanced offense that has put
up 36.8 points per contest and topped 430 total yards in each
game. Quarterback Dylan Thompson has thrown for 1,140 yards
with 11 TDs and three interceptions and the passing game has
picked up some of the slack while waiting for running back Mike
Davis (264 yards, 2 TDs) to break out. The defense continues to
be cause for concern, as the Gamecocks allowed a whopping 34
points to a punchless Vanderbilt offense and have surrendered
480 total yards and 36 points per game.
*Tigers are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS
*Gamecocks are 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
*Over is 8-1 in Tigers last 9 road games.
*Over is 11-4 in Gamecocks last 15 conference games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 59.02 percent of Covers
users are taking the Gamecocks -5 with 58.9 percent taking the