Well, I was able to simply copy/paste my post from a week ago for most of this... Hopefully Mizzou will do better on the gridiron against the Gamecocks than they did on the court against the Illini. At least this time, I know Penelope won't be reading from her book of incantations during the entire game.
From the St Louis Post-Dispatch (which really needs to redesign their site - and their editorial page!):
South Carolina's key to winning today is to contain MU's Brad Smith
By Graham Watson
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Thursday, Dec. 29 2005
Stop Brad Smith.
That has been the theme for South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and his players in the week leading up to the Independence Bowl.
Spurrier, a former Florida quarterback, said the Gamecocks' best chance to beat Missouri today hinges on its ability to contain Smith and force him to pass.
Well, at least the Gamecocks have done their homework.
Three Big 12 teams - Iowa State, Kansas and Colorado - went into games against the Tigers (6-5) with the same idea, and none of them allowed Smith to rush for more than 39 yards. The only difference today is that the Gamecocks also are going to have two players "spy" Smith, so that if he does break loose, he's not going to get very far.
"I'm pretty much spying up against him," defensive end Orus Lambert said. "(It will be) me and (defensive end) Jordin Lindsey on certain plays, so I think that's going to be a major part for both sides if the pocket collapses not to let him get outside the pocket. Defensive end play is probably going to be the No. 1 key."
Here's the analysis from ESPN:
Who to watch
When Missouri quarterback Brad Smith has been on, there's no one more exciting. He just needs a more dependable thermostat. When South Carolina gets in a hole on offense, look for Blake Mitchell to throw a jump ball to 6-4 freshman wide receiver Sidney Rice, a star in the making.
What to watch
The Gamecock defense has stiffened since coach Steve Spurrier assigned the playcalling to co-defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix. South Carolina doesn't put up a lot of points, so the defense will have to keep Smith and Co. bottled up.
Why to watch
South Carolina won five of its last six. Missouri lost three of its last four and scheduled its way into a bowl (nonconference victories over Arkansas State and Troy). The Gamecocks deserve a tougher bowl.
So, be sure to tune to ESPN at 3:30 pm EST
And now it's time for yet another rousing rendition of Every True Son / Fight Tiger! I can hear everyone's applause right now.... (or is that the sound of keyboards and mice furiously clicking away?)
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Every true son, so happy hearted,
Skies above us are blue,
There's a spirit so deep within us,
Old Missouri here's to you (rah rah!);
When the band plays the Tiger war song,
And when the fray is through,
We will tramp, tramp, tramp, around the columns,
With a cheer, for Old Mizzou!
Hit it, Hooray, Hurrah,
And a "Bully" for Ol' Mizzou,
Rah, Rah, Rah, Rah,
Mizzou-rah, Mizzou-rah, Mizzou-rah,
Fight, Tigers, fight for Old Mizzou,
Right behind you, everyone is with you,
Break the line and follow down the field,
And you'll be, on the top, upon the top;
Fight, Tigers, you will always win,
Proudly keep the colors flying skyward,
In the end we'll win the victory,
So Tigers, fight for Old Mizzou!
Now didn't that feel great? Thank you and GOODNIGHT!! I'll be here all week & please don't forget to tip the wait staff!!
ARC: St Wendeler