Time: 6 p.m.
TV: ESPN 2
Radio: 980 AM KMBZ
History: Missouri leads the series 2-1
Line: Mizzou, -3
THREE 2 WATCH
1. Missouri O-Line vs. Jadeveon Clowney (and Company)
Win the line of scrimmage, and Missouri likely wins the game. This assumes Mizzou protects the football, of course.
2. Maty Mauk
Speaking of protecting the football, Maty Mauk. It is his job to keep the ball out of South Carolina’s hands at all cost. With Dylan Thompson starting for South Carolina, Mauk doesn’t need to do anything otherworldly. Just be smart with the ball and manage the offense.
3. E.J. Gaines
Gaines may be back after missing time with an injury. A big play or two from him against SC’s backup quarterback could put the game away early.
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SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
1. Dylan Thompson
Thompson is starting for the injured Connor Shaw, who sprained his knee in last week’s loss at Tennessee. Thompson, a red-shirt junior, has started twice before so he does have some experience to work with. He completed 53.9% of his passes for 1,465 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions in his career.
2. Jadeveon Clowney
He alters things even when he isn’t making plays. Much of what opponents have done is to direct all of their plays away from the half of the field Clowney is playing. He’s picked up his game of late after being criticized for punting the season to protect himself for the NFL. He had an excellent game last week in the loss to Tennessee.
South Carolina has been a fumbling machine, losing an SEC leading nine fumbles. Their 10 takeaways rank them at the bottom of he conference as well.