Texas A&M Football: Game preview and prediction vs. South Carolina

Zaycoven Henderson, Texas A&M football (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Zaycoven Henderson, Texas A&M football (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Texas A&M football team has found its way back into the win column with two straight victories — one against No. 1 Alabama and the other against a decent Missouri football team.

Texas A&M’s series record against South Carolina favors the Aggies. Actually, saying that it favors them would be an understatement — Texas A&M has faced the Gamecocks seven times in the past, winning every single game.

The Aggies will look to take advantage of a subpar South Carolina offense. Even at 4-3, the Gamecocks rank 109th in total offense, signifying one of the worst Power Five attacking units in the country.

The Texas A&M football team will feel disappointed with anything less than a blowout victory

This is the reverse scenario from last week’s game against Missouri. Against the Tigers, A&M was facing a dangerous offense with a subpar defense. This time around, they’ll face a serviceable South Carolina defensive unit, which has no offense to complement it.

Unfortunately for South Carolina, this bad offense could get even worse. The Gamecocks will be starting a graduate assistant at the quarterback spot. You’re probably wondering if I accidentally type “graduate assistant” instead of “graduate transfer.” I didn’t — Zeb Noland will be the starting quarterback on Saturday.

Noland played a full career at North Dakota State, and though he didn’t play much for the FCS school, he’s the best player the Gamecocks have at the QB spot.

This bodes well for the Aggies, who have one of the better defenses in the SEC. If South Carolina struggled to put up points against teams like East Carolina, Troy, and Vanderbilt, it’s hard to see a world where they keep up with Texas A&M — even if the Aggies only manage to score two touchdowns.

That said, I think the Aggies will be capable of scoring much more than that.


This will be the least surprising prediction that you’ll ever see in your life. I have the Aggies winning by a wide margin. Even if South Carolina had their primary starting quarterback healthy in Luke Doty, this one would seem out of reach for the Gamecocks.

College football fans will hope that this turns into a good game — I don’t think it will. South Carolina has a solid defense, but the Aggies have put up numbers offensively in the last two games. I don’t think Texas A&M’s offense will be amazing, but the Gamecocks’ offense won’t be able to stay on the field.

Texas A&M will get more than a handful of attempts to score the ball and they’ll take advantage, creating a wide scoring margin in this game.

Final Score: Texas A&M 38, South Carolina 7

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