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Texas A&M vs. South Carolina Betting Lines

When: Thursday, August 28th 2014 at 6:00pm ET
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina
Watch: Live on ESPN & SEC Network

The #21 Texas A&M Aggies and #9 South Carolina Gamecocks meet in Columbia on Thursday. Talk about a tough game for both of these teams. The Aggies and Gamecocks will have to see how life is without Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney.

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South Carolina opened up as an –11 point favorite and right now the spread is anywhere from –10 to –11 points depending upon where you’re looking. The over/under opened at 58 points and it hasn’t moved at all since the line was released.

How will Life be without Manziel & Clowney?

Both of these teams lost a lot of talent to the NFL and graduation. Texas A&M is without Manziel, Mike Evans and Jake Matthews on offense, but there is hope Kenny Hill will be able to build chemistry with his inexperienced WR’s (Ricky Seals-Jones & Speedy Noll).

South Carolina loses Clowney along with Connor Shaw, Kelcy Quarles and a number of other players. The plan for the Gamecocks is to rely on Mike Davis in the run game while Dylan Thompson progresses into a capable QB against tough SEC defenses.

Leading WR Bruce Ellington is also in the NFL now, but the Gamecocks still have capable WR’s that’ll produce this season. The good news for the South Carolina offense is that they’ll still have a strong o-line that’ll protect Thompson in the pocket.

Texas A&M averaged 44.2 PPG (5th) last season and that isn’t going to happen again, which means that the defense will have to be better than last year where they allowed 32.2 PPG (96th). The Aggies allowed more PPG than any other team in the SEC.

Injuries and multiple dismissals have left the Aggies defense weak and lacking in depth. Due to the recent success that the Aggies have had their draft classes are now amongst the best, but the defense still won’t be strong enough to stop SEC teams.

South Carolina had one of the best defenses last year (20.3 PPG – 12th) and that was against a tough schedule. I wouldn’t expect the Gamecocks to put up those numbers again though, as the pass rush isn’t going to be even close to as threatening.

Losing Clowney and Quarles will hurt this entire unit because they got to the QB and applied pressure forcing QB’s to throw it away or make mistakes. Without such a strong pass rush opposing QB’s will have more time to find the open WR down the field.

Key Players on SCAR & TAMU

Mike Davis averaged 16.9 carries and 98.6 rushing yards per game last season. Shaw ran the football often as well, so with him gone I expect Davis to get even more work, especially early in the season while Thompson becomes adjusted to the starting QB role.

Texas A&M allowed 222.3 RYPG (110th) last year and they aren’t likely to be much better this season. South Carolina has a great o-line. Davis is a big and powerful RB that has plenty of experience and will find the holes on the Aggies front seven.

Harrison and Ogbuehi both have thirty games of experience with the Aggies. Losing Matthews will hurt, but there are five players returning with game experience on the o-line. For the Aggies to have success the o-line will need to remain a strong unit.

Texas A&M has a lot of depth at RB (Tra Carson, Trey Williams & Brandon Williams). I expect them to run the football a lot in this match-up to test the Gamecocks d-line. The Aggies will always have a fresh RB and that’ll eventually wear South Carolina down.

Texas A&M Aggies vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Prediction

What a match-up to kick-off the college football season this Thursday. Expectations are high for both teams, but one of them will be taking a step backwards with a loss. I expect the Gamecocks to win the game, but the point spread is too high.

Both teams are likely going to run the football a lot, as they won’t want their QB’s making mistakes. South Carolina has the better run game, but the Aggies o-line will be able to overpower the Gamecocks d-line and keep this game close until the end.

South Carolina has won 18 consecutive games at home and their advantage in Columbia can’t be understated. I see both of these teams making a few mistakes, as they both have new QB’s under center and this game will finish within 3 to 6 points.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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