South Carolina vs. Texas A&M - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas A&M Aggies (4-0) at South Carolina Gamecocks (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Williams-Brice Stadium)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Texas A&M Aggies face off on Saturday in Columbia is Week 5 SEC College Football action.
The South Carolina Gamecocks are 2-2 this season and are coming off of a loss at Kentucky in week 4. The South Carolina offense is averaging 14.2 points, 90.8 rushing yards, and 192 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 4 times. Gamecocks QB Brandon McIlwain has completed 51.6 percent of his passes with 2 touchdowns and he has rushed for another 2 touchdowns. A.J. Turner is South Carolina’s top rusher with 157 yards and a touchdown and Hayden Hurst has 19 catches and Bryan Edwards has 17 catches. The South Carolina defense is allowing 17.2 points and 399.2 yards per game with 4 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, and 9 sacks. T.J. Holloman leads the Cocks with 25 tackles, D.J. Smith has 23 tackles, and Jonathan Walton and Bryson Allen-Williams each have 21 tackles. South Carolina looks to be headed in the right direction but it looks like it might be a long road to get where they want to be.
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The Texas A&M Aggies are battle tested but are off to a 4-0 start to the season as they once again fly under the radar in the SEC. The Texas A&M offense is averaging 43 points, 269.2 rushing yards, and 276.5 passing yards per game and they have turned the ball over 6 times. Aggies QB Trevor Knight has completed 53.2 percent of his passes with 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and he has rushed for 308 yards and 5 touchdowns. Trayveon Williams is Texas A&M’s top rusher with 389 yards and 3 touchdowns and Keith Ford has 210 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Aggies are loaded at receiver with Christian Kirk with 21 catches and 3 touchdowns, Josh Reynolds with 17 catches and 3 touchdowns, and Ricky Seals-Jones with 10 catches. The Texas A&M defense is allowing 16 points and 390.8 yards per game with 4 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, and 13 sacks. Justin Evans leads the Aggies with 33 tackles, Shaan Washington has 27 tackles, and Nick Harvey has 26 tackles. Texas A&M has been fast starters in recent years and haven’t been able to close it out.
South Carolina is 3-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 7-3 against the spread following a game that hey didn’t cover the point spread, and 1-5 against the spread after allowing less than 20 points their previous game. Texas A&M is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games, 8-17 against the spread in their last 25 SEC games, and 4-1 against the spread following a win.
This is a ton of points but I can see Texas A&M scoring quickly at time and winning by greater than the number here.