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No. 25 South Carolina looks to win 5th straight vs. Missouri

Missouri (3-4, 1-3 SEC) on No. 25 South Carolina (5-2, 2-2), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (SEC Network)

Line: South Carolina at 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Missouri leads 7-5.

WHAT’S AT Stake?

South Carolina will be looking to win their first game as a ranked team in five years and continue their longest SEC winning streak when they play Missouri. The Gamecocks have not won three straight league games since 2017. Missouri opened the SEC game with back-to-back losses before beating Vanderbilt last week and is hoping to continue the success. The winner receives the Mayor’s Cup since both flagship schools are in their respective states’ Columbia.

KEY COMPARISON

South Carolina RB MarShawn Lloyd vs. Missouri’s run defense. Lloyd has emerged as one of the Gamecocks’ top playmakers, second in the SEC with nine rushing TDs and averaging more than 5.6 yards per carry this season. The Tigers are fifth in the lead of the 14 teams when it comes to stopping the run and are giving up just 125 yards per game this season.

PLAYER TO SEE

Missouri: WR Dominic Lovett was the Tigers’ best pass catcher, averaging nearly 15 yards per reception this season. His 35 catches rank second in the SEC behind Tennessee’s Jaylin Hyatt.

South Carolina: DE Jordan Burch, a five-star defenseman out of high school, is finally looking like one of the best defensemen in the country after plugging down the middle of the line. Burch leads the Gamecocks with five tackles for loss and 2 1/2 sacks. He is third on the team with 34 tackles.

FACTS

This is the first time South Carolina has finished in the top 25 under second-year coach Shane Beamer. … The Gamecocks are 5-0 this season if they turnover and 0-2 if they don’t. … Missouri ranks second in the SEC for stopping third downs, keeping opponents under 30% (30 of 103) this season. … Beamer Ball, the next generation, makes an appearance in South Carolina, where the team leads the SEC with five blocked kicks and ties Central Michigan for the national lead. The Gamecocks opened up the win over Texas A&M with Xavier Legette’s kickoff return TD, their first since Deebo Samuel’s 90-yard kickoff result against Ole Miss in 2018. …Missouri have won five of their last eight against South Carolina, three of which come by seven points or less.

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