The South Carolina Gamecocks and Texas A&M Aggies are both coming off wins, but both were extremely close. They’ll face each other as both teams go for their fourth win on Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network (live streaming available via WatchESPN).
South Carolina is still searching for its first win over Texas A&M, as the Aggies hold the edge in the three meetings between the two teams since the series began in 2014. The Gamecocks are hoping Jake Bentley can get their offense ahead early, while Texas A&M is more focused on true freshman Kellen Mond not having to battle back from two scores down.
Texas A&M would be 4-0 if not for a Herculean performance from Josh Rosen when the Aggies played UCLA, but they’re facing a must-win this week with big names like Florida and Alabama coming up on the schedule. They’ll be extremely lucky to get a win from either of those teams, and so they need to keep their streak against South Carolina alive on Saturday.
Barring catastrophe, the Aggies should win on Saturday. They have a more complete team and a more cohesive offensive game plan. They should handily beat the Gamecocks if things go as planned.
Below is all you need to know to watch Saturday’s action, as well as the latest news and odds for the game.
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Kyle Field in College Station, Texas
- TV: SEC Network
- Streaming: WatchESPN
- Odds: Texas A&M opened as 11-point favorites, but can be had as low as 8-point favorites
South Carolina vs. Texas A&M news:
- The Gamecocks are no stranger to being underdogs and have that label for the third time in four games this season.
- South Carolina is actually competitive thanks to its defense rather than its under-performing offense, writes the folks at Garnet and Black Attack:
The bottom line is that it’s hard for a good or even great defense to play consistently well when it’s on the field for roughly 40 minutes of every game. (The exception is the win at Missouri, which was the most complete performance the Gamecocks have had this year.) Is the bend-but-don’t-break defensive philosophy hard to watch at times? Yes, especially when that explosive play inevitably happens and the defense does break. Is the South Carolina defense still doing its job? For the most part, yes. It’s time for the offense to hold up its end of the bargain.
- Fans over at Good Bull Hunting recognize that this “rivalry” isn’t so much a rivalry just yet, but it could be in the future:
I guess it’s fun knowing that you’re getting to look into the ultrasound of what could eventually be born as a true-blue rivalry, but right now it just feels a touch forced. It’s like when your friends REALLY want to set you up with someone, but you’re just not feeling it. “Go out with Janet, she’s awesome,” they say. Then they put you on a group text with her, a girl you’ve never met, trying to force some chemistry. It’s fun for a minute, but everyone knows it’s just because your friends want to play matchmaker; your best interests aren’t at heart here.
- Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin talked at length about South Carolina and what its team can do. He was complimentary of his opposing head coach, Will Muschamp, and especially so of quarterback Jake Bentley, who is “improving, and that’s a little bit scary,” according to TheState.com.
South Carolina vs. Texas A&M prediction:
The Aggies are better just about everywhere, and they’ll be desperate for a win with such big teams coming up on their schedule. Barring any big missteps, they should be able to take a comfortable victory over South Carolina on Saturday.