College Football Picks: Poor Defense Makes South Carolina a Fade vs. Texas A&M

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 7:32 PM GMT

We asked our college football consultant to provide us with an early betting preview on Saturday’s upcoming game between South Carolina and Texas A&M. Check his free college football pick here.

 

Gamecocks and Aggies SEC Collision
South Carolina and Texas A&M will meet on Saturday in a SEC matchup. The opening kickoff at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas is slated for Noon ET. Early college football odds indicate that Texas A&M is between a 16.5 to 17.0 point favorite. These teams met in their season opening game in 2014 at South Carolina, and Texas A&M came away with shockingly easy 52-28 blowout win as a 9.0 point underdog.

 

Post Steve Spurrier Era
After suffering a 45-24 road loss to LSU on 10/10, the Gamecocks football program was sent for a jolt by the sudden retirement of head coach Steve Spurrier. To their credit, they bounced back for a 19-10 home win over Vanderbilt the following Saturday under interim head coach Shawn Elliot. Despite Vanderbilt being a conference doormat the past two seasons, it was still a huge positive for a team that had lost four of their previous five games. Now they must solve their SEC road woes. The Gamecocks are 0-3 SU&ATS in SEC away games this season, and lost by an average of 22.3 points per contest. They also allowed 40.3 points and 479.7 yards per game in those SEC road tilts.

 

Vulnerable Defensive Opponent a Welcomed Sight
After having to face defenses from Alabama and Ole Miss the last two weeks, Texas A&M offensive players must be wondering how their fortunes changed so suddenly. Well those two defenses will arguably be the best that they’ll encounter for the remainder of this season. After studying the tapes of South Carolina games versus North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, and LSU they should feel remarkably better. As a matter of fact, they should give the Gamecocks defense a red carpet treatment when they arrive in town. It must be noted, during their 5-0 start to the season, Texas A&M averaged 39.2 points and 480.4 yards per game. They’ve been plagued by 7 turnovers in the last two games, and fell considerably behind in the early going of both games. As a result they had to abandon their running game, and become one dimensional. Against defenses the caliber of Ole Miss and Alabama that’s a recipe for disaster.

 

Final Analysis
I look for the Aggies to get back on track offensively on Saturday, and to win decisively against a mentally fragile South Carolina team. I’ll take the home favorite for one of my college football picks this week.

College Football Pick: Texas A&M -16 at Heritage

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