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South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Missouri Tigers Week 9 Betting Predictions & Preview

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It doesn’t seem anything can slow the fifth-ranked Missouri Tigers, not even an injury to their quarterback. The Tigers continue to roll, now at 7-0, and look to get past the toughest part of their schedule on Saturday when they take on the 21st-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks.

21 South Carolina Gamecocks (5-2) at 5 Missouri Tigers (7-0)
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Faurot Field
City: Columbia, Missouri
O/U Odds: 52.5
Spread: Missouri -2.5
Money Line: Missouri -140, South Carolina +120

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In just their second season in the SEC, Missouri has been the surprise team, holding a two-game lead in the SEC East.

The injury to quarterback James Franklin led to quarterback Maty Mauk getting a shot in last week’s game against Florida, and he led the team on eight scoring drives. Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first career start, leading Missouri to a 36-17 win over Florida.

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He didn’t take any time erasing the worries for the minds of fans, throwing for a touchdown just 22 seconds into the game. In total, the Tigers racked up 500 yards of offense against a stingy Gator defense that entered having allowed only 235.3 yards per game.

The Missouri defense did their part in the win, limiting Florida to just 151 yards of offense, sacking quarterback Tyler Murphy six times.

The Tiger defense has really stepped up its game this season, limiting opponents to 22.1 points and 381 yards per game, largely thanks to a pass rush that leads the SEC with 23 sacks, including nine from defensive end Michael Sam who leads the nation in that category. That hasn’t come at the expense of the offense, which is putting up 44.3 points and 513.4 yards per game. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

South Carolina lost a second SEC game on Saturday when they were upset by Tennessee, 23-21. Adding injury to insult, quarterback Connor Shaw was knocked out of the game with what was later called a knee sprain. His status for the Missouri game is uncertain. Prior to exiting, Shaw had connected on the game’s biggest play, connecting with Damiere Byrd on a 76-yard touchdown. Running back Mike Davis had a strong game, rushing for 137 yards and a score.

The South Carolina defense let the team down when the game was in its most crucial stage, allowing the Volunteers to drive down the field late in the game for the game-winning 19-yard field goal as time expired.

The Tigers have been one of the more pleasant surprised in the college football this season, while the Gamecocks surely would have hoped to have been in a better spot by this point in the season. While Missouri hasn’t failed against the spread yet this season, they will be hard-pressed to be looking beyond this week to when their schedule eases up. A letdown may be in order.

The Gamecock are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS loss.

The play: South Carolina +2.5

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