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One hour to kickoff: No. 14 South Carolina tries to avoid the hangover against Mississippi State

COLUMBIA – Will there be a hangover?

It’s the question on everybody’s mind today as No. 14 South Carolina and Mississippi State approach a 12:21 p.m. kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium. Last week, the Gamecocks had an emotional, miraculous comeback win at then-No. 5 Missouri. It was a night most players, coaches and fans will remember for a long, long time.

But, last week is over.

Now USC must regroup for a game that lacks the same hype, adrenalin rush or national attention. It’s homecoming at South Carolina, so there’s that. Otherwise, Mississippi State (4-3, 1-2 SEC West) doesn’t pose anywhere near the excitement of Missouri.

For South Carolina, it doesn’t matter. To stay in the SEC East race, the Gamecocks must win today. Coach Steve Spurrier said his team will have no hangover. Linebacker T.J. Holloman said coaches don’t let players have a hangover.

USC said the right things this week. Now, it must back it up.

As always, The Post and Courier has full coverage from the sixth announced sellout at Williams-Brice Stadium. You can follow beat writer Ryan Wood on Twitter @rwood_SC, and columnist Gene Sapakoff @sapakoff. Make sure to check for updates throughout the game, and pick up Sunday’s edition of The Post and Courier for in-depth coverage.

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