South Carolina Gamecocks: Three Things to Watch Against Missouri

The South Carolina Gamecocks return home this week to face the Missouri Tigers. Carolina enters 2-2 after getting thumped by Kentucky 24-10.

I don’t want to sound like an alarmist but the 2018 season could swing on this game. A loss would put the Gamecocks 1-3 in the SEC and six wins would become harder to achieve.

However, this is a winnable game. So let’s look at three things that need to happen to achieve that goal.

THREE KEYS TO WATCH

RE-FOCUS

The South Carolina Gamecocks played abysmally in the first half last week. The play was better in the second half, but by that point, it was a lost cause. The leaders on the team like Bryson Allen-Williams and Deebo Samuel must get the rest of the squad re-focused on the task in front of them.

DEALING WITH INJURIES

Not only did the South Carolina Gamecocks get beat on the scoreboard, but Kentucky also beat them up on the field as well. QB Jake Bentley didn’t finish the game. Neither did WR Bryan Edwards. Both practiced on Wednesday and should be ready to go against Missouri.

South Carolina is still without edge rusher D.J. Wonnum. There is no timetable for his return.

If for some reason Bentley can’t go, both Michael Scarnecchia and Dakereon Joyner took reps with the first team in practice this week.

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LOCK & FRIENDS

The Missouri offense has been stout so far in 2018. Senior QB Drew Lock has thrown for 1283 yards and 11 scores. They have a nice 1-2 bunch in the backfield with Larry Rountree III and Damarea Crockett. WRs Emanuel Hall, Johnathon Johnson, and TE Albert Okwuegbunam have been fantastic. In other words, the South Carolina Gamecocks defense will have its hands full.

Turnovers will be the key. In the 31-13 Gamecocks win last year, Missouri turned it over three times. The defense play calling will likely need to be more aggressive this week.

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