Despite outside sources trying to create a “rivalry” between the two SEC schools that call Columbia home, Missouri Head Coach Barry Odom sees a lot of similarities between his group and the one coached by South Carolina’s Will Muschamp.
“The Mayor’s Cup”, at an even four games apiece (USC is 4-2 vs. Missouri since the Tigers joined the league), has been a cyclical see-saw battle between two teams who try to occupy the same turf in what is perceived as the second tier below the top in the SEC East.
Missouri fared similarly against the division’s top team, Georgia, but made the game more competitive in the second half thanks to mistakes by the still undefeated Bulldogs squad.
The Mizzou offense still boasts outstanding playmakers such as QB Drew Lock, WR Emanuel Hall, RB Damarea Crockett and TE Albert Okuwegbunam, but South Carolina has kept that unit in check over the last two seasons.
The Tigers have averaged 34.5 points per game over the last two seasons, but the Gamecocks allowed 21 and 13 points, respectively in the 2016 and 2017 matchups, both USC wins.
Odom believes this game serves as a good barometer to where his team resides, as both he and Muschamp arrived at their Head Coaching positions in the same year:
Missouri Head Coach Barry Odom