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WHOO-HOO!!!! DISCUSSION GAMEDAY THREAD:  USC VS Missouri  Saturday Game-Time  "4:00pm ET"  Inspired by cocky0

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post-2-0-09566000-1521979948.pngSouth Carolina vs. Missouri post-2-0-89376000-1521417996.png

 

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WHAT TIME DO THE GAMECOCKS PLAY?

Who: South Carolina (1-2) at Missouri (2-1)

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium (62,621)

TV: SEC Network Alternate (Mike Morgan, play-by-play; Ray Bentley, analysis; Tera Talmadge, sideline)

SEC Network Alternate channels in Columbia:

DirecTV: Ch. 611

DISH Network: Ch. 404-02 through 404-05

AT&T UVerse: Ch. 1608

Verizon FiOS: Ch. 332/333/832

Spectrum: Ch. 385

Radio: 107.5 FM (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Jamar Nesbit, sideline) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here.

Satellite radio: Sirius 105/XM 385

Stream: WatchESPN

Line: Missouri by 9 1/2

Series history: South Carolina leads the all-time series 5-4, riding a three-game winning streak. Since becoming SEC rivals in 2012, the teams have played for the Mayor’s Cup.

Weather: A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Projected wind gusts of more than 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 43% at kickoff.

WHAT’S ON THE LINE

South Carolina badly needs this one to keep the dream of a bowl game alive this season. The 2019 campaign was always going to come down to the toss-ups, and after UNC surprisingly became one, this is the next toss-up.

Freshman QB Ryan Hilinski looked like be belonged against the No. 2 team in the land, but now he’s going on the road in a game where USC has something to lose. The Gamecocks had little at risk against Alabama, but that changes now.

The Tigers started the season with a surprise loss to Wyoming, but have bounced back quite nicely. ESPN’s FPI has them projected to win seven or eight games, and winning this one would be big for maintaining the Barry Odom era.

SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYERS TO WATCH

1. Quarterback Ryan Hilinski is making his first road start after throwing for more than 300 yards against Alabama and earning SEC freshman of the week. He’s facing a defense that’s allowing fewer than 96 passing yards per game.

2. Running back Tavien Feaster has been explosive thus far in his Gamecocks tenure, but has yet to carry the ball more than 13 times in a game. Granted he’s splitting time with Rico Dowdle, but against Missouri’s stingy defense, South Carolina needs some threat on the ground.

3. Senior safety J.T. Ibe didn’t have the best day against Alabama, and the same could be said for USC’s whole secondary. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said they need to simply play better, and Ibe factors in there in a big way against a QB with almost 800 yards in three games. He has 10 tackles and a pass break up in two healthy games.

MISSOURI PLAYERS TO WATCH

1. Kelly Bryant ranks only behind only LSU’s Joe Burrow and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa in the SEC passing race. A threat with his legs at Clemson, Bryant has carried 24 times for just 26 yards — with a long of 12 — and no scores with Missouri.

2. Six different Tigers have made at least six catches this season, but Bryant’s most accomplished target remains Albert Okwuegbunam. The junior tight end — and Mackey Award candidate — has three touchdowns over Mizzou’s last two games.

3. Linebacker Nick Bolton was recognized as the SEC’s defensive player of the week on Sept. 9 after his 10-tackle, two-interception (including a pick-six) performance in the 38-7 West Virginia win. The sophomore ranks first in the SEC in INTs and sixth in tackles.

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Defense playing pretty stout right now. Offense....no comment. Dak needs to throw a pass or two, even if they are incompletions. Otherwise the defense will just bring the house every time he's behind center, because they'll expect him to do nothing but tuck the ball and run.....

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TOUCHDOWN GAMECOCKS!!! We're back into this game, trailing only 10-7 now, 9:35 left to play in 1st half. The defense has been saving us all first half. Hopefully this helps our offense get something going. We're starting to get into Bryant's head a little, I believe. But we need Hilinski and guys on O to get on track.....

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