While the recent SEC converts aren’t one of the conference’s most talented teams, they do have enough to pull off an upset or two. Beyond that, South Carolina will travel to Missouri for its third consecutive road game.
Missouri also has a history of high-powered offenses and the Tigers return quarterbacks James Franklin and Corbin Berkstresser. The Tigers also insist that their 2012 recruiting class was incredibly strong. It’s possible that Missouri is a team on the rise, if for no other reason than there’s only one way to go when you’re at the bottom.
After games at Arkansas and at rival Tennessee, it’d be easy for the Gamecocks to lose focus against a mediocre Missouri team. If the Gamecocks make that mistake the Tigers could grab a big SEC win. South Carolina has been known to trip up against Tigers from LSU and Clemson; doing so against Missouri would be a profoundly disappointing way to miss out on a trip to the SEC title game.