South Carolina at Texas A&M: 10/23/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Texas A&M Aggies (5-2) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (4-3)
Game Info: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Kyle Field)
Betting Odds: Texas A&M Aggies -19.5 -- Over/Under: 45 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The South Carolina Gamecocks will travel to Kyle Field to take on the 17th ranked Texas A&M Aggies this Saturday night in College Football action.
The South Carolina Gamecocks improved to 4-3 on the season after defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores, 21-20, this past Saturday. South Carolina trailed by a 20-14 margin late, however, backup QB Zeb Noland was outstanding in relief after Luke Doty went down with an injury and helped the Gamecocks pull off the victory with a game-winning 9-yard TD pass to Zavier Legette with just :37 seconds left in the game. South Carolina outgained Vanderbilt by a 429-312 margin, however, did commit 4 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was WR Jaheim Bell who had 6 receptions for 136 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, South Carolina is averaging 21.9 ppg on 348.6 total yards per game (224.4 passing yds/g; 124.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, South Carolina has been led by the RB duo of Kevin Harris (68 att, 235 yards, 2 TD) & ZaQuandre White (34 att, 232 yards, TD). Starting QB Luke Doty is out for the season due to a foot injury suffered against Vanderbilt and will be replaced by Zeb Noland who has completed 58.2% of his passes for 482 yards, 6 TD, & 1 INT. The top receiving threats for the Gamecocks have been Josh Vann (22 rec, 399 yards, 2 TD), Jaheim Bell (16 rec, 281 yards, 2 TD), Jalen Brooks (14 rec, 181 yards, TD), & Nick Muse (12 rec, 133 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, South Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 21.7 ppg on 327.4 total yards per game (176.1 passing yds/g; 151.3 rushing yds/g).
The 17th ranked Texas A&M Aggies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 5-2 on the season after defeating the Missouri Tigers, 35-14, this past Saturday. Texas A&M was outstanding offensively against the Tigers and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 28-7 lead. Texas A&M outgained Missouri by a 431-328 margin and forced two turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Aggies was RB Isaiah Spiller who had 168 rushing yards & 1 TD on 20 carries.
On the season, Texas A&M is averaging 27.6 ppg on 384.4 total yards per game (211.0 passing yds/g; 173.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Texas A&M has been led by backfield duo of Isaiah Spiller (105 att, 659 yards, 4 TD; 18 rec, 159 yards, TD) & Devon Achane (66 att, 453 yards, 4 TD; 18 rec, 190 yards, TD). QB Zach Calzada has completed 56.0% of his passes for 1177 yards, 10 TD, & 6 INT. The top receiving threats for the Aggies have been Ainias Smith (29 rec, 319 yards, 6 TD), Jalen Wydermyer (21 rec, 278 yards, 2 TD), & Demond Demas (8 rec, 149 yards, TD).
Defensively, Texas A&M is holding their opponents to an average of 16.4 ppg on 349.9 total yards per game (212.1 passing yds/g; 137.7 rushing yds/g).
The Gamecocks are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall and just 1-9 ATS in their last 10 conference games. The Aggies are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
South Carolina was able to pick up a rare SEC victory, however, needed a last-minute TD drive by your backup QB to beat Vanderbilt at home doesn’t give me much confidence about South Carolina. Texas A&M has looked more like the team we expected to see at the start of the season over the past two weeks, highlighted by their home victory against Alabama, and as I think South Carolina will have trouble putting up many points on the board, I think the Aggies do enough at home to cover this large spread. Good Luck!