Game on: Missouri arrives in South Carolina for Saturday
It appears Missouri’s game at South Carolina is going to go on as scheduled.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported on Friday afternoon that the Tigers were arriving in Columbia, S.C., for Saturday’s matchup against the Gamecocks. There had been concerns about both teams not having enough players to suit up due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact-tracing protocols, but it appears that won’t cause a postponement.
On Thursday, both teams’ coaches gave updates regarding their roster numbers on their respective weekly radio shows. Mizzou head coach Eli Drinkwitz said his team was right at 53 scholarship players, while South Carolina interim head coach Mike Bobo said his team was close to that number and that he wanted to play the game.
Missouri hasn’t played a game since Oct. 31. It was supposed to take on Georgia last Saturday, but that game was postponed due to the COVID-19 situation at Mizzou. It was the second postponement the Tigers have had this season, as their Oct. 17 game against Vanderbilt was also moved.
South Carolina has yet to have a postponement in 2020, opening the season 2-5. The Gamecocks have played each of the past two weeks, but they’re currently on a three-game losing streak that led to the firing of head coach Will Muschamp.
The all-time series between Mizzou and South Carolina is currently tied at 5-5. Last year, the Tigers beat the Gamecocks, 34-14, at Faurot Field. However, Missouri hasn’t won at Williams-Brice Stadium since 2014.
Missouri and South Carolina are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday on SEC Network Alternate.