Saturday, November 7, 2020, Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina, 7 p.m. ET
Aggies at Gamecocks Betting Preview: Aggies (-7.5), Gamecocks (+7.5)
Texas A&M Aggies Betting Preview
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher wants his No. 8 Aggies (4-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference to ignore any talk about contending for a spot in the College Football Playoff by winning out. If they finish 9-1, their only loss would be to No. Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
“Don’t listen to the poison,” Fisher said.
Listen only to the coaching staff or teammates, he added.
“I ask them why they are having success? Because you block out the clutter,” he said. “You play one game at a time. You live one day at a time. You do what you can today, go to bed, get up, get ready to play the game this weekend, and that process puts you in position to have success.
“Doesn’t mean you have success. You still have to go out and play. And that’s what you keep reminding them each and every day, because human nature is to have complacency. Human nature is not to grind things out.”
There was no complacency last week when the Aggies thumped Arkansas 42-31 in Bryan-College Station. Quarterback Kellen Mond threw for 260 yards in an efficient 21-of-26 performance that included three touchdown passes as the Aggies took a 42-17 lead into the fourth quarter and cruised.
South Carolina Gamecocks Betting Preview
The unranked Gamecocks (2-3, 2-3 SEC) have had two weeks to reflect on their 52-24 loss to LSU after having an open date last week. The loss to the Tigers was particularly jolting because the Gamecocks were coming off a 30-22 win over Auburn the previous week.
Basically nothing went right for South Carolina against LSU, aside from a 19-tackle performance by Ernest Jones. The defense gave up 541 total yards to an LSU offense that bears no resemblance to the one that torched the college football world a year ago with Joe Burrow and Clyde Edwards-Helaire leading the way.
“We didn’t get off blocks, we didn’t tackle, we didn’t play the run well at all,” Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said. “That created some things in the throwing game because we had to bring an extra guy into the box to slow the running game, and they hit some big throws on us.”
If South Carolina is to pull off an upset, it will need big games from leading rusher Kevin Harris and top receiver Shi Smith. Harris has 535 yards rushing through five games, putting him on pace for 1,000-plus yards, impressive in a 10-game season. Smith has 36 catches for 415 yards. No other teammate has more than 14 grabs.
Collin Hill has completed 61.5 percent of his 156 attempts for 215.2 yards per game but also has thrown five interceptions.
Aggies at Gamecocks Betting Pick for November 7, 2020
The Gamecocks have yet to win any of the seven meetings in the series since the Aggies joined the SEC. A&M won the first matchup in Columbia 52-28 but got by only 26-23 their last trip toWilliams-Brice. They have one common opponent with the Aggies beating Vanderbilt 17-12 in the season opener and the Gamecocks whipping the Commodores 41-7.
Aggies at Gamecocks Betting Pick:
Aggies 31, Gamecocks 20
Aggies at Gamecocks Best Bet for November 7, 2020
The Gamecocks following their win over Vanderbilt with a 52-24 clunker against LSU to fall under .500 for the season. Mond has passed for 11 touchdowns over the Aggies’ last four games and is coming off a 260-yard, three-touchdown game passing in the 42-31 win over Arkansas.
Aggies at Gamecocks Best Bet: UNDER 55.5