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The Mike Bobo era in Columbia started the same way that Will Muschamp’s tenure ended – with a South Carolina Gamecocks loss. At least they didn’t give up 50 points, or close to it. Instead, the Cocks were strangled by a ferocious Missouri defense and limited offensively following the loss of star receiver Shi Smith. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread in the 17-10 setback, their fourth in a row SU and ATS. It was a surprising effort by the Cocks defense after several players opted out for the remainder of the year following the dismissal of Muschamp. The final regular season home game on the current schedule takes place Saturday when the No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs pay a visit looking to avenge last season’s upset loss to the Cocks.
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The last two games sum up the Cocks’ season. They just can’t seem to put everything together at the same time. Against Ole Miss they put up season-highs in points and yards in the 59-42 loss. They were unable to contain the Rebels, however, allowing more than 700 total yards. Against Mizzou they flipped the script yielding just 301 yards in the 17-10 loss. The offense went silent this night, though, totaling less than 300 yards. The Cocks will attempt to put it all together against the Georgia Bulldogs when the team’s meet on Saturday at Brice-Williams Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
South Carolina ended a four-game losing streak to Georgia last season, going between the hedges as a 21-point underdog and emerging with a 20-17 overtime victory. If the team needs any motivation it can look back on that game. However, the Cocks will be without several defensive players who opted out of the season shortly after Muschamp was fired. Top cornerbacks Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu left the team to prep for the NFL draft. The squad also lost R.J. Roderick and Makius Scott.
While the defense did a nice job last week, Missouri certainly isn’t a group that will scare anyone. A bigger test comes against the Dawgs, who turned to J.T. Daniels last week to spark a sputtering offense. Making his first start since tearing up a knee in the 2019 opener with USC, Daniels threw for 401 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner midway through the fourth quarter, as UGA rebounded from a loss to Florida. The Dawgs got the 31-24 win, though they failed to cover the 26.5-point spread. They are 5-2 SU and 2-5 ATS this season.
The Cocks also made a switch at quarterback. After producing just 68 total yards in the first half and trailing 17-0, Bobo inserted highly-touted prospect Luke Doty to start the second half. The freshman led the team to a field goal on the first series of the second half and finished the game 14 of 23 for 130 yards and an interception. It didn’t help that Smith, the leading receiver with 53 catches, 596 yards and four touchdowns, was hurt on the first possession and didn’t return. “Luke definitely helped his cause going into next week,” Bobo said of his young pivot.
Missouri has a strong defense, but nothing like what the Cocks will face on Saturday. The last two games saw Georgia give up a total of 68 points while getting shredded in the passing game, which is an aberration. Still, the Dawgs allow an average of 347.4 yards and 21.3 points, both in the top-30 of the national rankings.
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After giving up an average of 53 points over their previous three games, the Cocks settled down defensively. But the offense took the night off in a 17-10 loss to Missouri extending their losing streak to four while going 0-4 ATS in that span. Mizzou did all the scoring in the first half getting a touchdown pass from Connor Bazelak, a 1-yard scoring run from Larry Rountree and a field goal to take a 17-0 lead at the break.
The Cocks managed just 68 yards of offense and pulled the plug on Collin Hill in the second half with Doty taking over. It wasn’t enough to dig out of the hole, though. Doty was solid in his first extended action of the campaign. He led a scoring drive out of the break getting on the board with a 47-yard Parker White field goal. Deshaun Fenwick’s 1-yard scoring plunge with five minutes left got the Cocks within seven.
Getting the ball back with a chance to tie or take the lead, Doty was picked off with less than a minute to play. He finished the night with 130 yards passing and a game-high 59 yards on the ground. The Cocks didn’t do much all game totaling just 283 yards. Kevin Harris was held to 58 yards a week after rushing for 243 yards and five touchdowns against Ole Miss.
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