Missouri QB Maty Mauk tore apart the South Carolina defense in the final minutes to gain the upset.
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As was almost predicted, the Gamecocks allowed an SEC team ranked lower than them (or in this case, unranked at all) to get the better of them, meaning South Carolina no longer has control of its own destiny for a shot at the SEC title, much less a stake in one of the major bowl games in 2014. Up 20-7 with 8:26 left after a TD, the Missouri Tigers marched down the field not once but twice to take a 21-20 lead and take sole possession of first place in the SEC East. It’s the kind of thing people have almost come to expect from Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks – an epic win over an SEC rival one week, and squandering the division the next. There’s time to turn it around this year, but this loss will sting for a long time.
Here are the 5 biggest losers from Week 5 of college football:
Michigan – Seriously, what is happening here? This might be the first time in most of our lifetimes that Michigan is in sole possession of last place in the Big Ten East division.
South Carolina – They’ll need to be rooting for Georgia to take down Missouri if they want a third chance at the SEC East.
Indiana – Beating Missouri seemed like an upset that would turn this team around, but after that loss to Maryland, only Michigan has a worse record in the division as them.
Arkansas – So close, yet so far away.
Syracuse – Never has a team done less with more turnovers forced than the Orange did against Notre Dame last night. The Fighting Irish practically gift-wrapped points, but Syracuse just couldn’t pick them up – and then they got blown out.