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Could anyone have imagined this? Year Two in the SEC, and everything has fell into place. A Top-15 ranked offense has ran/passed its way through seven opponents so far, winning by at least two touchdowns each time. A defense with 23 sacks, 14 interceptions, and 55 tackles for loss. At this point, the entire country is sitting in shock of a Missouri team who went 5-7 last year, now in the driver's seat in the SEC East. Mizzou came into October at 4-0, with wins over teams that most saw as just cupcakes that didn't show how good the Tigers were. The first Saturday of the month began a two-game road trip with it's first stop in Nashville, Tennessee, against the always resilient Vanderbilt Commodores. Some even thought Vandy would make it two in a row against Mizzou after a 19-15 win last year in Columbia. Instead, we were treated to a 51-28 drubbing where the Tigers scored 20 points in the first quarter, and didn't look back, racking up 500+ yards to end the day. The next week brought the toughest test, a trip to Sanford Stadium against the #7 Georgia Bulldogs. Mizzou handled the 'Dawgs behind the Tiger defense, who forced four turnovers on the day. Now some attention was being drawn to Columbia. After ripping up the Gators for 500 yards this past Saturday, all eyes rest on Gary Pinkel and his Tigers. #5 in the country and 7-0. Now that they've made it to the end of October, the Gauntlet is finally coming to an end.
#22 South Carolina Gamecocks (5-2, 3-2 SEC)
South Carolina dropped an early game to Georgia between the hedges, but most thought they would rebound behind the play of Jadeveon Clowney on the defensive side of the ball. Clowney came into the season riding the momentum of his hit on Michigan's Vincent Smith which garnered him instant fame in college football. Most thought he had a shot at winning the Heisman trophy in 2013 as well. However, Clowney hasn't made the noise people thought he would be making. Obviously, he can't be overlooked. He turned a very good performance in last week's loss to Tennessee, recording a season-high five tackles, four of those being solo tackles. And of course, He can still lay anyone out. Keeping Clowney away from Maty Mauk is the key to the effectiveness of the Tiger offense. Against a defense that is 19th in Pass Yards Allowed, the offense needs to work up the field with short routes and focus on efficient drives rather than quick scoring drives. When it comes to running the ball, running opposite Clowney will benefit in the short-term, but once the Gamecocks make adjustments, they'll have to change it up. Defensively, more pressure in the backfield will win this game. Connor Shaw won't be running the offense this weekend according to Steve Spurrier, in his place, we get Junior Dylan Thompson. Thompson is more than competent to fill in this weekend, some may remember him coming in for Connor Shaw in two games against East Carolina and Clemson, where he had 300+ yards and 3 TDs in both appearances. If Michael Sam and Kony Ealy make it known early they'll be all over Thompson all night, they can shake up the SC offense. Running Back Mike Davis presents a huge threat on the ground, as he's ran for 100+ yards and 1 TD in almost every game this year. Not only that, he's averaging 6.7 Yards Per Carry, which will prove interesting against a defense that only gives up 3.6 per carry. If Mizzou shuts Davis down, and keeps him from breaking through with big runs, the Tigers should control this one from whistle to whistle. Well, as long as our running back don't try this.