South Carolina at Missouri NCAA Football Game Picks 9/21/2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field
Ryan Hilinski and the South Carolina Gamecocks are headed to Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Missouri Tigers. The spread on this game has Missouri as 9-point favorites. The O/U is set at 64. The Gamecocks are 2-1-0 ATS and 2-1-0 when betting on the total. The Tigers are 1-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-1-0 against the spread.
Key South Carolina Gamecocks Injuries
09/15/19 RB A.J. Turner Thumb is questionable Saturday vs Missouri
09/15/19 DL Aaron Sterling Knee is questionable Saturday vs Missouri
09/15/19 DL Brad Johnson Groin is out indefinitely
09/15/19 RB Deshaun Fenwick Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Missouri
09/15/19 OL Eric Douglas Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Missouri
09/15/19 DB J.T. Ibe Pectoral is questionable Saturday vs Missouri
09/15/19 DB Jaylin Dickerson Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Missouri
09/15/19 WR Randrecous Davis Ankle is out indefinitely
09/15/19 WR Shi Smith Side is questionable Saturday vs Missouri
09/08/19 QB Jake Bentley Foot is out for season
08/29/19 DL Keir Thomas Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Missouri Tigers Injuries
09/15/19 DB Christian Holmes Thigh is questionable Saturday vs South Carolina
09/15/19 DL Trajan Jeffcoat Elbow is questionable Saturday vs South Carolina
09/10/19 DB Chris Mills Knee is out indefinitely
09/03/19 LB Aubrey Miller Jr, Knee is out indefinitely
08/16/19 TE Brendan Scales Foot is out indefinitely
In their last game, the South Carolina Gamecocks took on the Alabama Crimson Tide and were beaten 47-23. Running the show from under center for the Gamecocks was Ryan Hilinski who went 36/57 with 324 yards passing and tossed 2 touchdowns. He tossed 1 pick in the game. Rico Dowdle paced the team in rushing in the game. He tore off a long run of 33 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for 102 yards by way of 12 carries which gave him an average of 8.5 yards per run. Shi Smith was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 90 yards on 6 receptions. He earned an average of 15.0 yards per reception in the game. The South Carolina Gamecocks ran the ball a total of 29 times and earned 135 yards which gave them an average of 4.7 yards per rush. On the day, the Gamecocks racked up a total of 31 first downs and they totaled 5 infractions for 32 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. In all, they ran 86 plays which added up to 459 yards. When discussing the defense, South Carolina allowed 31 catches on 39 attempts totaling 495 yards, and a completion percentage of 79.5%. For the game, they gave up a total of 571 yards and forced 0 takeaways. In the running game, the Gamecocks allowed 76 yards on 25 tries which gave the opponent an average of 3.0 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Gamecocks head into this matchup 1-2 this year. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country averaging 38.3 points per contest, which has them at 30th in college football. As a team, they are averaging 252 yards on the ground per contest which is 3rd in the SEC. For total yards, they currently sit at 4th in the conference and 16th in college football with 1,504 yards. The Gamecocks have one of the middle tier defenses in Division 1, giving up 27 points per game putting them 13th in the SEC. When talking about yards on the ground, South Carolina is giving up 128.7 yards per game which has them at 10th in the Southeastern Conference and 53rd in Division 1. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.8 yards per carry putting them 10th in the conference and 62nd in college football overall. In total, they have allowed 386 yards rushing through 3 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Gamecocks have conceded 748 yards. Teams are completing 66.1% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 8.6 yards per try.
In their last game, the Missouri Tigers took on the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks and won 50-0. Running the show from under center for the Tigers was Kelly Bryant who went 15/20 with 225 yards through the air and completed 1 TD. He tossed 1 pick during the game. Larry Rountree III led the team in rushing during the game. His longest run of the day went for 30 yards and he tallied 2 TD's for the game. He ran for 142 yards on 18 carries which meant he was running for 7.9 yards per carry. Jalen Knox was the receiving yardage leader by earning 104 yards on 2 catches. He averaged 52.0 yards per catch during the game. The Missouri Tigers ran the ball a total of 40 times and generated 259 yards earning them an average of 6.5 yards per rush. In the game, they ran 65 plays which added up to 501 yards. For the game, the Tigers racked up 19 1st downs and they totaled 9 penalties for 79 yards telling us that this team was extremely undisciplined. In terms of defense, Missouri gave up 11 completions on 32 tries for a total of 54 yards, and a completion percentage of 34.4%. In the running game, the Tigers gave up 40 yards on 32 attempts giving the other team an average of 1.3 yards per run allowed. For the game, they allowed 94 yards and forced 1 takeaway.
The Tigers come into this matchup with a record of 2-1. Missouri is making teams fear their ground game this season by averaging 201.7 rushing yards per game, ranking them 41st in Division 1. As a unit, they have a total of 605 yards rushing through 3 games, and if they want to continue their dominance, they'll want to keep running the ball. The Tigers average 473.3 yards per contest overall putting them 30th in the nation and 5th in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers are giving up 14.7 points per game which puts them at 6th in the conference and 25th in Division 1. Their pass defense is one of the top units in the nation. They are giving up 95.7 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Tigers sit in 1st in the Southeastern Conference. In terms of points allowed, they have allowed 44 total points. In discussing yards on the ground, they are giving up 122.3 yards per game which puts them at 50th in D-1 and 8th in the SEC. In 2019, they have allowed 367 yards rushing and 3 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Gamecocks/Tigers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers -9
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