South Carolina vs. Mizzou predictions; expect a heavy dose of Gamecocks running backs

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South Carolina vs. Mizzou predictions

Mike Chapman and Hale McGranahan of SEC Country previewed the upcoming South Carolina-Missouri game, with both contributors predicting a South Carolina victory.

“South Carolina has the offense to keep up with Missouri, but I believe this week we are going to see a heavy dose of the running game to try to keep that Tigers offense off of the field,” wrote Chapman, calling for a score of 42-39 in favor of the Gamecocks. “The Gamecocks were able to rush for almost 180 yards last year against the Tigers, and I think they have an excellent shot at getting more than 200 yards on the ground on Saturday.”

McGranahan predicts a 45-40 win for the Gamecocks, with South Carolina’s running back corps playing a major role in the win.

The Gamecocks are looking for their first road win since beating Vanderbilt in the 2016 season opener.

Rico Dowdle is ready for Mizzou

South Carolina RB Rico Dowdle is ready to run against Missouri on Saturday.

“I think we’ll run the ball a lot more this week,” Dowdle said. “You’ll see a better rotation, also at running back this week. You should see a lot more carries. I think North Carolina State was one of the better defenses that we’ll play this season.”

In their 31-21 win against the Missouri last season, the Gamecocks ran for 174 yards, their highest total in SEC play in 2016. Dowdle led the way with 27 carries for 149 yards and 1 touchdown.

South Carolina recruiting after Week 1

McGranahan answered questions on all things South Carolina football, with many fans curious how the team’s Week 1 victory affected the Gamecocks’ recruiting.

“I didn’t think South Carolina would beat N.C. State. But I did think the team would finish this season 7-5, so in my eyes, this is an ideal start,” McGranahan wrote.

“Going into the home opener at 2-0 would be a tremendous boost, especially to a recruit such as 4-star linebacker Channing Tindall, who’s expected to make a commitment at some point this month.”

Predicting South Carolina’s 2018 signing class

Which remaining Class of 2018 prospects can South Carolina realistically sign?

McGranahan gives his predictions on how the Gamecocks will fare with Tindall, Rick Sandidge, Dylan Wonnum and Dax Hollifield.

“I’ve heard from one source who thinks Dax Hollifield will choose South Carolina or Virginia Tech,” McGranahan wrote. “He’s one prospect who’s really paying attention to what the Gamecocks’ record is this season. Fortunately, for them, they have a need at linebacker, and Hollifield knows it.”

Hollifield is rated as the No. 125 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

The Gamecocks’ latest QB target

South Carolina co-offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Kurt Roper knew 2019 3-star QB Ryan Hilinski’s last name looked familiar. For good reason, the Gamecocks assistant recruited Hilinski’s older brother while at Duke.

“I know [Roper’s] a great guy, superprestigious QB coach with great insight and I’d love to play for him,” Hilinski said. “We’ve already built a great relationship, so it’s going to be fun to see how it goes down the road.”

Roper offered the younger Hilinski a scholarship on Sunday, joining the likes of Boston College, Fresno State and others in pursuit of the 3-star quarterback.

The 6-foot-3.5, 218-pound Orange, Calif., native is rated as the No. 580 overall prospect in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports.

The streak continues

South Carolina super fan Kirk Hollingsworth was in danger of having his streak of attending Gamecocks games come to an end until the South Carolina athletic department stepped in on Thursday.

“The University of South Carolina called and said they’ve got room for me on the [athletic department]plane that leaves out in the morning,” Hollingsworth told Ben Breiner of The State. “Ray Tanner got this thing organized in a quick fashion. I’ll be going.”

Hollingsworth has been to an incredible 295 consecutive South Carolina football games.

Feel-good flashback

Connor Shaw to Bruce Ellington against Missouri in 2013. Could it be anything else?

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