PUT IT ON THOMPSON: South Carolina wants to get Mike Davis going and ask the ground game and the defense to win it. If you stack the box and take away Davis, you force Dylan Thompson to beat you. Thompson is seasoned for a backup and he can sling it, but the bottom line is he is the backup. Missouri's pass rush has neutralized opposing passing games pretty well in the last three weeks. You try to take away Davis and trust the front four to get the job done again.
DO WHAT YOU DO: In this space last week, I advocated changing the game plan, leaning on the run and the defense. Not anymore. Florida's defense is as good as any the Tigers will see (well, at least until (if) they get to Atlanta) and Missouri threw it around against them. The Tigers believe their offense is good enough to do what it does against anybody. Time to go prove it again.
RIDE THE EMOTION: Missouri might be the most confident team in the country right now. The Tigers truly believe they're going to win every time they take the field. Confidence and momentum are huge. Winning becomes contagious. In addition, there should be a sellout crowd that is amped for a prime-time kickoff after a weekend full of Homecoming festivities. Ride that emotion as long as you can.
PREDICTION TIME: The Gamecocks come into this one desperate. The clear goal in their Columbia was the SEC East title this season. If they lose this one, it can't happen. On the flip side, Missouri has a game to play with. The Tigers can lose this one and still win the East. But if they win it, the path is pretty simple. Two more wins, any two, and you have the title. This is the week where all the possibilities for Missouri can become a lot more realistic. We've seen Missouri have a poor quarter here and there, but we haven't seen the Tigers play a poor game. I don't think we see it here either. Missouri 34, South Carolina 24