Wednesday September 24th, 2014

The No. 13 South Carolina Gamecocks are 20-1 SU in their last 21 games at home. South Carolina hosts the Missouri Tigers Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium.

South Carolina is 2-1 SU and 0-3 ATS in three games as a betting favorite so far this season and will be the favorite on Saturday at -5.5, according to sportsbooks monitored by The Gamecocks have looked great on offense this season under quarterback Dylan Thompson, who has passed for 1,140 yards and 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions through four games. With the defense allowing 36 points per game, Thompson will need to continue to play well for South Carolina to succeed this season.

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Missouri’s visit to South Carolina will give the Tigers a chance to get into the thick of the race for the SEC East. Missouri proved that it belonged in the SEC last season with a 7-2 SU and ATS record against conference opponents that included a 27-24 overtime loss against South Carolina at home. Overall, Missouri is 7-2-1 ATS over its last 10 games as a road underdog with four outright upsets in its last eight games as a road dog.

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The total has gone OVER in each of Missouri's last three and seven of its last 10 games as a road underdog. The OVER is also 4-1 in South Carolina's last five games overall and 6-2 in South Carolina's last eight home games against SEC opponents. Saturday's total is currently set at 63 points at sportsbooks monitored by

South Carolina has already played three conference games and is in decent shape to win the SEC East with a 2-1 conference record and a head-to-head tiebreaker over Georgia. Missouri may be the Gamecocks’ biggest threat for the division title and has yet to play an SEC game. The Tigers are 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS in nonconference play after a shocking home loss to Indiana last week. With a win this week, the Gamecocks would put themselves in the driver's seat for a shot at the SEC title game. But if Missouri pulls off the upset as a 5.5-point underdog, the SEC East race will remain wide open.

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