Josh Kendall

South Carolina-Missouri could set scoring record Saturday

Jake Bentley, USC offense ready to match up with Missouri

South Carolina QB Jake Bentley previews the Gamecocks' game against Missouri.
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South Carolina QB Jake Bentley previews the Gamecocks' game against Missouri.

The betting line is talked about a lot during football season, and I’ll talk about the spread of the South Carolina-Missouri game later this week with David Purdum as usual, but today I’m going to take a look at a different gambling number.

The over-under is the combined point total set by Las Vegas sports books. If the sum of both teams’ score exceeds it, the over wins. If it doesn’t, the under wins. The reason I’m talking about is that the Gamecocks and Tigers might score 100 points between them. The most recent over-under for Saturday’s game is 72 points.

That’s just barely an exaggeration. South Carolina scored 35 points last week against a very good N.C. State defensive front seven. Missouri gained 815 yards and scored 72 points, which is good against air (they actually played Missouri State). The Gamecocks defense gave up 504 yards to an average N.C. State offense. The Tigers surrendered 492 yards and 43 points to Missouri State.

Lots of points will be scored Saturday at 7 p.m. when these teams meet. The most points that have ever been scored in a South Carolina football game was on Oct. 14, 1995, when Steve Taneyhill and the Gamecocks beat Mississippi State 65-39. That’s 104 total. The rest of the top 10 includes 98, 93 twice, 91 twice, 89 twice and 87 twice.

I’d bet the over Saturday.

Game info

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Faurot Field; Columbia, Mo.

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 107.5 FM

Line: Missouri by 2.5

O/U: 72

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