With Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk suspended for Saturday, South Carolina fans aren’t the only ones trying to gauge an already-injured team that expects to give true freshman Drew Lock his first start under center. Oddsmakers in Las Vegas are also having trouble getting a read on this game.
Missouri began as a four-point favorite. For some sites, the spread has fallen down into the 1-to-2.5 point range, while for others it has remained the same — implying that the drop-off between Lock and Mauk may not be all that great. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier even suggested the latter during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.
“(Lock) is a good player,” Spurrier said, per Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “They may be a little more of a drop-back (passing) team with him instead out of the pocket running around with their quarterback. We’ll just have to wait and see. Most teams don’t really change their offenses all that much when they change their quarterbacks. The one they’re going to play now is excellent passer from the pocket.
“Who knows, maybe he plays better than (Mauk). Time will only tell.”
According to David Purdum of ESPN Chalk, who was interviewed by The State’s Josh Kendall, Vegas is “very tuned in” when it comes to backups at important positions, such as Lock. But not even that has apparently helped decipher the black box that is Missouri’s offense.
“These guys are monitoring all this information and watching it very carefully,” Purdum writes. “It’s very difficult though to quantify it.”
Spurrier asked about Mauk suspension on SEC conference call: "Their other quarterback's a good player." Says he's more of a drop-back passer
— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) September 30, 2015