Without further ado, the Missouri College Spun Staff’s predictions for the Tigers’ trip to No. 7 South Carolina:
Dylan Hicks – Missouri Wins 33-27
I think this game is going to be very similar to the Georgia game. I think South Carolina will struggle early on in figuring out the Mizzou defense and offense. Lattimore will be contained for the first three quarters and break away in the fourth. However, Mizzou’s defense will once again bail the Tigers out. In a marquee game on the road, Mizzou finds a way to win this game with a strong showing from the defense and the running game.
Matt Hundley – South Carolina Wins 28-24
The Battle of the Columbias is sure to be a good one in Mizzou’s first SEC road test. It looks like quarterbacks James Franklin and Connor Shaw will be ready to play Saturday for their respective teams. I think it will be a close game and as much as I want to pick Mizzou, I can’t. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will wear down the Mizzou defense and the Gamecock defensive line will wreck havoc on the Mizzou offense to put South Carolina over the top.
Nate Jacobson – South Carolina Wins 17-10
The Tigers have a tough task, especially if James Franklin is hampered by an injury. A mistake-free start is important for the Tigers. The Gamecocks running game will wear down the defense and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will give the Tigers offensive line headaches. Mizzou will keep it close but fall short.
Chris Lilly – South Carolina Wins 24-13
Mizzou’s defense keeps them in the game early on but the Tigers continue to struggle moving the ball downfield. South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore has a huge day, especially in the 4th quarter.
Jack McDonough – South Carolina Wins 30-24
RB Marcus Lattimore will be too much to handle for a Tigers defense that hasn’t seen an elite level running back in years. The Tigers will play great on the road, but the same old story of special teams errors and 4th quarter defensive errors will prove costly in this close game.
Mitchell Morse – South Carolina Wins 27-17
Gary Pinkel doesn’t have the greatest record vs. Top 25 teams and it won’t improve this week. South Carolina’s defense doesn’t let Mizzou and its banged up offensive line do much. Mizzou’s defense continues to play very well until it wears down a bit in the fourth.
Cody Mroczka – South Carolina Wins 21-13
South Carolina wins in Mizzou’s first SEC away battle. The Tiger offense will struggle to get in rhythm with too much crowd noise. Lattimore punches in two scores; Tiger defense stays strong.
Andy Tabor – South Carolina Wins 34-20
I think South Carolina playing at home has an immediate advantage, and Steve Spurrier is telling his team that if they continue to win, they have a chance at a national title. Their offense is shaky, but they might not have to do much when their defense can force turnovers in Mizzou’s territory, setting them up for easy scores. Mizzou is traditionally awful on the road and against a top 10 team with a rock solid defense, the Tigers will not be able to score when South Carolina eventually slows down the hurry up offense. James Franklin’s injury concerns also cloud Missouri’s chances of victory.