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South Carolina hosts Mizzou in the Battle of Columbia

Both teams are looking to bounce back from a loss.

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The Missouri Tigers (3-1) return from their bye week and head to the other Columbia to face the South Carolina Gamecocks (2-2) in an SEC East battle this Saturday.

The Tigers and Gamecocks have split their previous eight matchups, but South Carolina has won the last two.


How to watch, listen, or stream

Game Time: Noon ET

TV: SEC Network

Radio: South Carolina | Missouri

Stream: WatchESPN


Preview

While the Battle of Columbia likely won’t determine anything more than third place in the SEC East, this is technically a rivalry game so I suppose we should treat it as such.

As noted, Mizzou is coming off a bye week and looking to grab a win before heading to Alabama next week.

South Carolina has been stuck in neutral so far this season at 2-2, as Jake Bentley has looked average at best. Having Deebo Samuel back has helped the Gamecocks, as the speedster is an instant weapon on the offensive side of the ball, but South Carolina has failed to put a complete game together in their two losses, which came to Georgia and Kentucky while their two wins came against Coastal Carolina and Vanderbilt. Missouri falls somewhere in the middle of these five teams, so it should be quite interesting to see what Will Muschamp’s group comes up with.

Meanwhile, the Tigers have a lot to be positive about after their loss to Georgia going into the bye week. It was a two possession loss, but 21 points came because of turnovers or other flukey things. IF those can be eliminated, Drew Lock and Mizzou can hang with many of the conference’s lesser teams.

All in all, this should be one of the better games of the day, as the teams are fairly evenly matched.

Prediction: South Carolina 24, Missouri 21