If you predicted Missouri would be leading the SEC East by two games on Oct. 20 never mind, nobody predicted that.
But here we sit anyway, with South Carolina, Florida and Georgia all suffering their second SEC loss of the season Saturday to put the Tigers firmly in charge of the division race. The good news for the Gamecocks is, unlike the Gators and Bulldogs, they still have a shot to beat the Tigers, and it comes Saturday in Columbia, Mo.
After a 23-21 upset loss to Tennessee, South Carolina’s players seemed uncertain whether to be disappointed because they failed to take advantage of a day their chief divisional rivals stumbled or relieved that their misery had some company.
“We know we blew it, but I just saw on ESPN that Florida and Georgia lost, so we have to go out next week with good spirit and do our thing against Missouri,” freshman linebacker T.J. Holloman said. “This game is in the past. We just have to get ready for Missouri now.”
The Gamecocks did not take Tennessee lightly, Mike Davis insisted after the game.
“I guess this loss changes a lot,” he said.
Mostly, it changes things for the Tigers, who beat Florida 36-17 on Saturday. If Missouri can beat the Gamecocks next week, they will be in complete control of the division as Georgia lost 31-27 to Vanderbilt on Saturday.
“Georgia got beat? Oh,” Spurrier said when informed of the day’s events after the game. “All we’ve got to do is beat Missouri, then.”
Spurrier immediately added, “We’ve got some work to do, though.”