If the Gamecocks come away victorious, they'll already be 2-0 in the conference and in the division.
For Mark Stoops' team, this is an opportunity to prove they are better than they've played thus far.
On defense, CSU must contend with a group that Bobo said looks like an "NFL front four."Nobody expects the Tide to sweat much this weekend, but this will be an opportunity for them to get one final tuneup before games against Vanderbilt and Ole Miss the following two weeks.
After piling up the points during the season's first week, Missouri crashed back down to Earth in a disappointing 31-13 loss to SEC East counterpart South Carolina last weekend at home. did fine against the Gamecocks, but the defense continues to be a major issue, which is why coach Barry Odom fired defensive coordinator De Montie Cross, according to the "I am very appreciative of all that De Montie has done for Mizzou, and am sorry that this did not work out, however, after careful evaluation, I believe it is important to make this change now," Odom said, per a release from the school.
While it's still a heavy out-of-conference slate in the SEC West, there is a good game in Starkville where Mississippi State will try to prove its early offensive firepower isn't a fluke when the Bulldogs host LSU.
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Instead, new Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm's team nearly pulled off a major upset in the season opener against Louisville and then trounced MAC contender Ohio 44-21 last weekend.
The Gamecocks were a hot pick by several to surge in Will Muschamp's second year because of star sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley.
But the way Carolina dispatched of a good North Carolina State team and then went on the road and handled Missouri, is eye-opening.
Considering the Bayou Bengals have beaten Mississippi State in 23 of their past 25 meetings dating back to 1992, this game could hardly be considered a rivalry.
But four total points have decided the past two Tigers wins, and MSU won back in 2014 when quarterback Dak Prescott was emerging as a collegiate star, so the Bulldogs and coach Dan Mullen have made things interesting recently.After a couple of difficult seasons, the Commodores made it to a bowl game last year before falling to a 6-7 record.