The SEC East is completely up for grabs for any team willing to take control of its destiny.
The Missouri Tigers’ 21-20 victory Saturday against the No. 13 South Carolina Gamecocks only muddied the divisional picture.
Missouri now sits atop the division standings with a 1-0 conference record. The rest of the division already lost at least one conference game. The Gamecocks are now 2-2 in conference play.
The current state of the division has even given Kentucky confidence it could possibly claim a division crown.
Bud Dupree said after UK’s game today he thinks the SEC East is “wide open.” UT-UGA, Mizzou-USC sure have made it look that way.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) September 28, 2014
In reality, the team to benefit the most is the Georgia Bulldogs, who now have a game edge on South Carolina after losing to the Gamecocks earlier this season.
This scenario wouldn’t even exist without a late four-quarter comeback by the Tigers.
Missouri trailed 20-7 with 7:25 remaining. At that point, Missouri’s spread offense finally came to life after being bogged down by South Carolina’s defense the previous three quarters.
Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk orchestrated a quick three-play drive with resulted in a touchdown by pushing the ball downfield and testing the Gamecocks defense vertically. Mauk was only 12-of-34 passing, but his biggest throws came when his team needed them the most.
During the following drive, Missouri was able to move the ball on the ground. Senior running back Marcus Murphy chewed up yardage and finished the contest with 98 yards on 16 carries.
South Carolina gained 58 more yards and held the ball 11:55 longer than Missouri, but it was the Tigers who made the big plays when the game was on the line.
Missouri may have been disappointed after last week’s 31-27 lost to the Indiana Hoosiers, but the team now controls its destiny in the SEC East.
Get back to us when you figure out who to send to Atlanta, SEC East. Not going to be too relevant before then.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 28, 2014