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South Carolina (7-4) vs. Missouri (6-5)


Time/site/TV: 12:30 p.m. today, Shreveport, La.; ESPN.


Surface: Grass.


Line: S. Carolina by 4.


Payout per team: $1.2 million.


Bowl records: Missouri 9-13, South Carolina 3-8.


Series: Missouri 1-0.


Analysis: These teams provide one of the more curious matchups of the bowl season, as expectations were perhaps exceeded at South Carolina but unfulfilled at Missouri. Both teams rely heavily on one offensive standout. For the Gamecocks, it is freshman WR Sidney Rice. The Tigers’ Brad Smith is among the best two-way QBs in history in terms of statistics.


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