Sound Off: Big start for South Carolina, but finding road success is another story

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Coming off last week’s season-opening win over North Carolina State, South Carolina will face its first SEC test on the road against Missouri. SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan is joined by Mike Chapman to preview Week 2 against the Tigers in this edition of Zaxby’s Sound Off.

Sound Off: South Carolina hits the road versus Missouri

What was indescribably good this past  Saturday? The South Carolina Gamecocks. (:13)

Deebo Samuel, who caught a couple of touchdown passes from Jake Bentley, was the difference for the Gamecocks in Week 1. (:24)

South Carolina fans couldn’t ask for a better start to the 2017 campaign. It began with a kickoff return from Samuel, a 97-yard run that provided the Gamecocks with energy. ( 1:13)

How did the rest of the SEC East look in Week 1? Some good, some bad and some ugly. Tennessee, however, might have found a quarterback to replace Josh Dobbs. ( 1:42)

Georgia has a quarterback controversy brewing and Florida is trying to find one worth playing. ( 2:28)

Where does South Carolina stand with the rest of the SEC East? The Gamecocks are among the top 4, for sure. ( 3:12)

The East will continue to take shape as the season rolls along, but for South Carolina to be a contender, the Gamecocks have to figure out a way to win on the road. South Carolina hasn’t won on the road since the 2016 season opener against Vanderbilt. ( 4:17)

What needs to happen for South Carolina to beat Missouri  on Saturday night in the other Columbia? ( 4:47)

Bend, but don’t break. The Gamecocks defense can do that. ( 5:48)

In last season’s 31-21 win over Missouri, South Carolina forced 3 turnovers, a couple of which were thrown by quarterback Drew Lock, who’s back in 2017 for the Tigers. ( 6:07)

The running game was non-existent against North Carolina State. Will that be the case again against Missouri? ( 6:48)

Which players are going to have to make an impact against the Tigers? Defensive backs D.J. Smith and JaMarcus King. Offensively, it could be a big night for running back Rico Dowdle and tight end Hayden Hurst. ( 7:58)

Hale and Mike issue their predictions for the Missouri game. ( 10:00)

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