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Mizzou Tigers-South Carolina football preview: Time, TV, line


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Georgia running back Daijun Edwards (30) is run down by Missouri defensive back Jaylon Carlies (1) after a catch in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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The Missouri Tigers are back home this Saturday for a matchup against South Carolina. With only three games left, Mizzou needs to win at least two to earn a bowl bid.

Here are details and five things to know about the game.

THE DETAILS

Kickoff: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Faurot Field, Columbia, Missouri

TV: SEC Network

Radio: KMBZ (98.1 FM)

The line: Missouri by 1

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

1. Gamecocks on the up and up. So far in Shane Beamer’s first season as head coach, South Carolina has five wins, its most since notching seven in 2018. The Gamecocks finished 2-8 in an SEC only schedule in 2020 and went 4-8 in 2019. The program is fresh off its biggest victory in quite some time, a 40-17 upset over Florida.

2. SEC East implications. South Carolina’s win over Florida last Saturday shook up the SEC East standings, making this game all the more crucial for Mizzou. The Tigers are currently second to last in the East division with a 1-4 record in conference play, only better than Vanderbilt. The Gators are right above them at 2-5 in the SEC (4-5 overall), though they have a nonconference game vs Samford that won’t affect standings this weekend, and the Gamecocks are another spot up at 2-4 (5-4 overall). This next contest, as well as Florida the week following, will be a big determiner of whether the Tigers remain near the bottom or can earn a more respectable finish.

3. Interceptions incoming. The South Carolina defense has done a great job at picking off opponents this season, which is something whoever will be at quarterback for Mizzou will have to be mindful of. The Gamecocks are tied for eighth in the country and tied with Alabama for the SEC lead with 12 passes intercepted this season, including three pick six scores. Safety Jaylan Foster has had five of those interceptions, which ranks second nationally — he also leads the defense with 73 total tackles.

4. Questions at quarterback. There’s a lot of uncertainty for both sides at the quarterback position this week. For Mizzou, it’s unclear whether starter Connor Bazelak will be back from a soft tissue injury or if the team will have to rely on Tyler Macon and/or Brady Cook once again. South Carolina started its third quarterback of the season last week, as Luke Doty is out for the year with a foot injury and Zeb Noland, who converted from graduate assistant to QB, was a game-time decision after having surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee during the bye week. Jason Brown, an FCS transfer from St. Francis, completed 14-of-24 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Gamecocks to the big win. Head coach Shane Beamer said in his phone news conference Sunday night that he wouldn’t be answering any questions on the quarterback depth chart but that Noland practiced, so that’ll be something to watch this week.

5. Running backs get going. The Gamecocks had two running backs total over 100 yards in their win over Florida, which is not the best sign for Mizzou. Junior Kevin Harris had 16 carries for 128 yards, averaging 8.0 yards per carry, while redshirt senior ZaQuandre White had 13 carries for 111 yards, including a 54-yard run, for an average of 8.5 yards per carry. As a whole, South Carolina had 284 net rushing yards on 42 carries.

Lila Bromberg covers the Missouri Tigers for the Kansas City Star. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and was ranked as the best college sports reporter in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors in 2021. In addition to covering the Terrapins for four years, Bromberg has worked for Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports and USA TODAY Sports.





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