Game Time: 4 p.m. ET
TV: SEC Network
How to watch online: WatchESPN
Odds: Texas A&M opened as 14-point favorites. The line increased up to 17.5-18.5 points depending on where you look. Info comes via OddsShark.
The Texas A&M Aggies (4-0, 2-0) will travel out east to Columbia as the South Carolina Gamecocks (2-2, 1-2) look to knock off the ninth-ranked Aggies in a late afternoon contest. The Aggies are coming off an impressive performance last Saturday when they took care of the Arkansas Razorbacks, taking them down by the score of 45-24. South Carolina meanwhile took a 17-10 loss to lowly Kentucky last Saturday and are losers of two of their last three.
Three Things to Watch
1. A fierce Aggies rushing attack: South Carolina is giving up 198.5 yards per game on the ground this season. Given the fact that Texas A&M is amassing 269.3 rushing yards per game on the year, this could be very problematic for the South Carolina defense. The Gamecocks will have their work cut out for them in attempting to stop freshman Trayveon Williams who has been a dynamo this year. Williams has 389 yards and three touchdowns on just 40 carries in his first four games of the year and will be a problem all day for the Gamecocks if he gets it going.
2. Figuring out the Aggies defense: South Carolina quarterback Brandon McIlwain will also have his hands full on Saturday afternoon as he looks to pas the daunting test of staying up against the Aggies defense. Myles Garrett and Daylon Mack currently lead a unit that is one of the best in the SEC and in the country as well. While the Aggies are allowing 262.5 yards through the air their scoring defense has been high quality, as they’ve allowed just 16 points per game through the first four weeks of the season. The youngster will have to learn and learn quick as the game goes on if the Gamecocks want to stand any chance in getting the upset.
3. Keeping the ball rolling: It’s evident to everybody that A&M has been one of the best in the country through the first month of the season. However, we’ve seen this routine before from the Aggies and it often doesn’t end well. To dispel the notion that things are going to fall apart, Texas A&M needs to just keep it moving and tally up what should be an easy victory on Saturday. Road games are hardly ever gimmes, but there’s a pretty big discrepancy between these two teams. The Aggies should win and win comfortably, and for their sake, that’s exactly what goes down.