Missouri-South Carolina Preview Capsule

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 25, 2014 at 11:03 am •  Published: September 25, 2014
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MISSOURI (3-1, 0-0 SEC) vs. No. 13 SOUTH CAROLINA (3-1, 2-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: South Carolina by 5 1-2.

Series Record: Series tied 2-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The game is for control of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. Missouri surprised the usual East suspects a year ago by advancing to the title game. South Carolina is 2-0 in the East and defeating the Tigers for a third straight time would give them a strong foothold in the seven-team division.

KEY MATCHUP

South Carolina QB Dylan Thompson against Missouri's defensive front. Thompson was greatly rattled by the Tigers' defensive line last year, led by SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sam. Thompson came out with the Gamecocks trailing by 17 points before Connor Shaw rallied South Carolnia to a 27-24 win in double overtime. The Tigers have continued the pressure this year with LB Michael Scherer leading the league in tackles and DL Shane Ray and Markus Golden first and third in SEC sacks.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Missouri: QB Maty Mauk leads the SEC with 14 touchdown passes, but he also is among the league leaders in interceptions (four) and sacks taken (six).

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