Coach Barry Odom hopes Missouri can establish a better running attack in Saturday's game at South Carolina. (Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

The task doesn’t get any easier this week for coach Barry Odom and the Missouri Tigers.

The Tigers will be trying to break a 10-game losing streak against SEC opponents when they travel to Columbia, S.C., Saturday to play South Carolina. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. St. Louis time and the game will be televised by the SEC Network.

Missouri has lost its last seven road games in conference play over the last two years, with their last road win in the league coming on Nov. 22, 2014 at Tennessee.

The Tigers’ last conference win anywhere came on Oct. 3 last year, when they beat South Carolina at home.

Missouri fell to 0-4 in the SEC and 2-6 overall when they lost to Kentucky 35-21 last week at home, a game which was not as close as the score would indicate. The Tigers trailed 35-7 before scoring two late touchdowns.

The Tigers’ biggest problem in recent weeks has come on defense, where they have allowed more than 500 yards of total offense in each of their last four games. The challenge this week might come on the offensive side of the ball, trying to score against the South Carolina defense.

That unit has allowed an average of just 19 points a game, which ranks 25th out of the 128 FBS schools, but South Carolina, 4-4 on the season and 2-4 in the SEC, has struggled on offense – ranking last among the 128 FBS schools with an average of just 15.8 points a game this season. The Gamecocks are coming off a 24-21 win at home against Tennessee.

In their three road losses this season, Missouri has scored a total of 32 points against West Virginia, LSU and Florida.

Odom thinks the key for offensive improvement for the Tigers has to include a better performance running the ball.

“We don’t have to go rush for 250 yards but we have to able to take something off the pass game and, with our running attack, try to get some different things coverage-wise,” Odom said. “But we weren’t able to get that established the other day. So we have to do a better job blocking, we have to do a better job of running and that will open things up offensively if we’re able to get that done. The times we’ve had success offensively we’ve been able to run the ball and we have to get that back.”

True freshman Damarea Crockett has shown encouraging ability, but Odom thinks the running game success is more a product of how well the offensive line plays.

“In this league specifically, to have a chance to win games, you’ve got to be able to win on the line of scrimmage to a point and you’ve got to be able to find a way to run the ball,” Odom said. “We’re not there yet, but we’ll get there. That’s got to be a trademark of how we recruit and that’s got to be the structure of our offseason program, the things that we do during every phase of the program to get there. That’s one thing that we’ve got to have in our favor.”