Ashley Wright, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers (3-1, 0-1 SEC) will travel to Columbia, South Carolina to face the South Carolina Gamecocks (2-2, 1-2 SEC) Saturday in a crucial SEC East clash. South Carolina has won the last two games between the teams, including a convincing 31-13 victory last season at Missouri.

During last season’s Week two match up against the Tigers, South Carolina’s defense controlled the game, posting a sack and two interceptions. This season Missouri’s offense is experienced enough to protect the ball on offense. Through the first month of the season, Tiger head coach Barry Odom has made Mizzou an offensive powerhouse. Quarterback Drew Lock has thrown for over 1300 yards, posting 11 passing touchdowns. His amazing play is being matched by his teammates, including Larry Rountree III. Despite only running for two touchdowns this season, the sophomore running back has run for nearly 300 yards, displaying his ability to keep pushing the ball down field. The Gamecocks are ranked 92 in run defense, and with the Tigers coming off a bye week expect running backs Larry Rountree III and Damarea Crockett to take advantage of the poor run defense South Carolina has displayed this season.

After losing to Kentucky when the offense couldn’t find a rhythm, the Gamecocks offensive woes were exposed. The Gamecock’s biggest struggle this season has been its uptempo offense. Quarterback Jake Bentley has already thrown six interceptions this season through the team’s first four games.

Although Mizzou possesses a 3-1 record, their wins came against out-of-conference opponents. The Tigers recorded their first loss against the well-rounded Georgia Bulldogs, losing by a couple of touchdowns.
Missouri at South Carolina is set to kickoff at noon eastern time from Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. This will be South Carolina’s fourth SEC East match up this season.