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USC's SEC title game hopes on hold as Missouri beats Ole Miss

South Carolina’s SEC future is simple now.

If No. 8 Missouri beats No. 9 Texas A&M in Columbia, Mo., the Tigers will win the SEC East and play in the conference title game Dec. 7 in Atlanta. If the Aggies win, the No. 12 Gamecocks will earn their second division title in four seasons and take that spot in Atlanta.

Missouri survived its first test by beating No. 24 Ole Miss 24-10 in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday night. That win pushed the Tigers to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the SEC. Their only conference loss was a 27-24 double overtime defeat against the Gamecocks on Oct. 26. That game gives South Carolina the tiebreaker advantage in the division race.

South Carolina’s game against Clemson will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 45 minutes before the Tigers and Aggies start. The Aggies fell to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the SEC when they lost 34-10 to LSU on Saturday.

The winner of this Saturday’s game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Auburn will win the SEC West.