First Look: Top Story Lines, Betting Odds For South Carolina Vs Tennessee Football Game

Oct. 18—South Carolina football is going west this weekend.

The Gamecocks travel to College Station, Texas on Saturday for their annual meeting with the Texas A&M Aggies out of the Southeastern Conference's West Diivision.

Shane Beamer earned his first SEC win as USC's head coach in a 21-20 nail-biter against Vanderbilt last Saturday. The Gamecocks featured players who hadn't seen the field since the Georgia game, highlighted by the return of running back ZaQuandre White and quarterback Zeb Noland.

Noland paved South Carolina's path to victory in the final two minutes of the game, leading a 75-yard touchdown drive to clinch a victory after being outscored 17-0 in the second, third and majority of the fourth quarter.

Texas A&M didn't met its lofty preseason expectations early in 2021, falling to Arkansas and Mississippi State while adjusting to quarterback Zach Calzada, who stepped in for starter Haynes King after he fell injured early in Week 2. But the Aggies bounced back in their blockbuster 41-38 upset of then-No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 9 and strong 35-14 win over Missouri last week.

Texas A&M possesses an arsenal of offensive talent behind running back tandem Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane and talented receivers Ainias Smith and Jalen Wydermyer. Head coach Jimbo Fisher has this year's Aggies rolling, and South Carolina will face them on an upswing.

The Gamecocks have never defeated Texas A&M, going 0-7 since their first meeting in 2014. South Carolina was throttled by the Aggies last year in Columbia, falling 48-3 to a balanced offensive attack led by former A&M quarterback Kellen Mond.

How to watch South Carolina vs Texas A&M football game

Who: South Carolina Gamecocks (4-3, 1-3 SEC) vs. Texas A&M Aggies (5-2, 2-2 SEC)

Where: Kyle Field in College Station, Texas

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

TV: SEC Network

Stream: via ESPN app

This week's SEC betting odds, TV times

South Carolina opened a 19-point road underdog to Texas A&M, with the line remaining stable across most sportsbooks Sunday. The Gamecocks failed to cover a lofty 18.5-point spread against Vanderbilt last week.


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