South Carolina football hosts Missouri on Saturday in Columbia S.C. Here are your three keys to a South Carolina victory.
By Don Yates
1. Play for pride
It’s been a tough season for South Carolina. This is a team that suffered a close loss in its opener but later knocked off a good Auburn. Why the USC admin couldn’t wait until the end of the season to let Will Muschamp go is beyond me. Muschamp isn’t my favorite coach but he and his team deserved better. My guess is they are using these last few games as kind of a tryout for interim head coach Mike Bobo. I could be wrong though. Either way, the Gamecocks should play for pride and for each other. Football is a game. Just have fun and expect to win.
2. Put the boom to Bazelak
Connor Bazelak is a freshman starting quarterback for Mizzou. So far this season Bazelak has completed 96 of 139 passes for 1,101 yards four touchdowns and just one interception. In the win over LSU, the young Bazelak was 29-for-35 for 406 yards and four touchdowns. He’s a quarterback that seems destined to lead Mizzou to great things. Hopefully, the Gamecock defense can limit Bazelak’s production on Saturday. That responsibility falls on the defensive and linebackers as well at the defensive secondary. A combined solid game by all three of those defensive layers could propel USC to a victory.
3. Collin Hill on fire
South Carolina quarterback Collin Hill hasn’t had a terrible season. But it could be going a lot better. Especially in the interceptions thrown department. Six interceptions thrown wouldn’t be bad if Hill had also thrown 15 touchdowns. However, he has thrown a grand total of six interceptions. We would expect more from a graduate transfer. On Saturday Hill can put all that behind him just focus on this one game. He has the ability to do better. In 2019 at Colorado State Hill threw eight TDs and just two interceptions. His team needs him to do a little better and to be fair, it’s not always all on the quarterback. The receivers must make catches and others need to make their blocks.
Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). You can watch this South Carolina football game on the SEC Alternate Network.