All this rivalry talk since Missouri has joined the SEC seems to ignore the clear answer:
Missouri’s top SEC rival is South Carolina.
There’s the fact that they both play in a Columbia and have a non-forced feeling trophy in the Mayor’s Cup. There’s the fact that there’s been the most on-the-field intrigue, mainly in 2013 and 2014 with two legendary games — one an overtime thriller in a loss, the other an ugly-yet-stunning come-from-behind win for Missouri. There’s also the fact that the rivalry has legs in other sports, too (ahem, women’s basketball).
But, beyond all that, there’s the biggest fact that these are two surprisingly similarly programs with surprisingly similarly fanbases.
Missouri is the more successful program (674 wins, .546 winning percentage compared to 604 wins, .512 winning percentage for South Carolina), but both programs have been overshadowed by more nationally-known rivals (Georgia, Clemson for South Carolina, Nebraska for Missouri over the course of its history).
And, I say this as a somewhat-closeted Missouri fan — the fanbases are very much both in the expect-the-worst mentality. That’s not an insult. For God’s sake, with some of the losses both teams have endured, you can’t blame ‘em.
So, a long-winded way of me saying that I love this annual game and here’s all the info fans need to know ahead of kick-off:
Missouri-South Carolina: Time, TV channel
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Date: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
Location: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.
TV: SEC Network
Missouri-South Carolina: How to watch online
Missouri-South Carolina: Betting odds, game preview, predictions
After opening as a slight underdog, Missouri is now a 1 1/2-point favorite, according to Vegas Insiders. However, there are lines on both sides — this game is pretty much a pick ‘em.
Missouri-South Carolina preview
Chris Bohkay: Mizzou 24 - South Carolina 23. It’s going to be close game but our Tigers come back from the bye week ready to get things done. The easy answer on who will bounce back would be Drew Lock (it is Locktober after all), but I’ll go with Albert Okwuegbunam securing the ball and getting into the endzone a couple times.
AlaTiger: 34-21, Mizzou. A healthy Emanuel Hall will have a very productive day.
Josh Matejka: 38-28, Mizzou. We know Mizzou is going to score at least 30 points against everyone they play not named Georgia and Alabama — and they got to 29 against the former. At this point, the name of the game is keeping up with them. South Carolina won’t make it easy, but I think the backup/late entry starter QB magic won’t get to Connor Shaw levels this time around.