How to witness
7 p.m. ET, Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, S.C.)
Play-by-play: Brad Nessler
Analysis: Todd Blackledge
Sideline: Holly Rowe
Channel: Gamecock IMG Sports Network or Sirius 91/XM 91
Play-by-play: Todd Ellis
Analysis: Tommy Suggs
Sideline: Langston Moore
Rankings and records: Missouri is 3-1 and unranked in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll. The Tigers were ranked in both last week, but dropped out after losing to Indiana. South Carolina is 3-1, and the Gamecocks are ranked 13th in the AP Poll and 15th in the Coaches Poll.
Vegas: South Carolina opened as a 5.5-point favorite.
Weather forecast: 73 and partly cloudy.
What's at stake
The SEC East is not very good -- at least not compared to the SEC West -- but if South Carolina wins this game, it will have likely beaten its two biggest challengers in the division (Missouri and Georgia). A loss blows the race wide open again.
Three big matchups
Missouri defense vs. the A gap. South Carolina center Alan Knott got completely blown up last Saturday against Vanderbilt. Spurrier hinted on Thursday evening that Clayton Stadnik might get the start in his stead. Right guard Cody Waldrop will not play, leaving Brock Stadnik and D.J. Park as potential backups.
Carolina's defensive line vs. Mizzou's offensive line.
.The Gamecocks' secondary is vulnerable. (This isn't new information.) With Maty Mauk and Bud Sasser, Missouri has some weapons that could allow the Tigers to exploit this flaw. Unless, of course, the South Carolina front seven is able to consistently pressure the quarterback for the first time this season.
Dylan Thompson vs. himself.
The last time the Gamecocks and Tigers met on the football field, Connor Shaw cemented his legend at South Carolina by coming off the bench and leading USC back from a 17-point deficit to a double-overtime win. This time, No. 14 won't be waiting in the wings to relieve Dylan Thompson if things aren't going well early. And the often slow-to-settle DT is up against a Missouri secondary that's been good against the pass through four games.