South Carolina-Texas A&M: Betting odds, picks for Week 5 (9/30/2017) game

South Carolina and Texas A&M will face off in a pivotal SEC East meeting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 30. The Vols are 8-point underdogs. Find full odds and our picks on the game below.

The Gamecocks enter the game 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the SEC with a win against Missouri and loss to Kentucky. The Aggies are 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the SEC after beating Arkansas, 50-43, last week in overtime.

South Carolina-Texas A&M, Week 5 betting odds

Texas A&M is a 7.5-point favorite, according to MyBookie, against South Carolina at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 30. The over/under for the game is 49 points.

South Carolina-Texas A&M betting picks

Hale McGranahan: Texas A&M 38, South Carolina 24

South Carolina has connected on 13 passing plays of 20 yards or more. That’s tied for 43rd in the country. Texas A&M’s defense has allowed 19 of those plays. There’s an opportunity, potentially, for the Gamecocks to connect on some big plays downfield, through it would certainly would have helped if wide receiver Deebo Samuel was available to play this week in College Station.

If the Gamecocks are going to have a chance to keep up on the scoreboard, co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has to be willing to call some deep throws by quarterback Jake Bentley. And Bentley, of course, has to hit some of those throws. Wide receivers Bryan Edwards and OrTre Smith, along with tight end Hayden Hurst, figure to be the targets.

That’s easier said than done, because Texas A&M’s pass rush will challenge the South Carolina offensive line, even more so if the linemen have to hold blocks a little longer so Bentley can wait for the longer routes to develop.

Mike Chapman: Texas A&M 42, South Carolina 21

The state of Texas hasn’t treated South Carolina too kindly. The Gamecocks haven’t won a game in the Lone Star State since 1957, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president.

This will be South Carolina’s second trip to Kyle Field, home of the 12th Man, and the Gamecocks have to try to win on the road in the SEC without at least two starting offensive linemen — Zack Bailey and Cory Helms — plus their best offensive weapon, Deebo Samuel. The heart is there for South Carolina, but the players to get it done this week are not. They do not have enough horses in the stable to keep up with a high-powered Aggies offense that’s led by freshman quarterback Kellen Mond and sophomore running back Trayveon Williams.

South Carolina will be playing catch-up all night and the Gamecocks are simply going to run out of gas at some point during the game. If they are going to win, South Carolina has to control the tempo by sustaining long scoring drives that result in touchdowns.

South Carolina-Texas A&M betting preview

  • This is just the fourth time the Gamecocks and Aggies have played each other. Texas A&M has won the first three meetings — all in the past three seasons. A&M won last season, 24-13, again in 2015, 35-28, and in 2014, 52-28.
  • Texas A&M is 20th in the nation with an average of 40.8 points scored per game.
  • South Carolina is tied for 97th in scoring with 24.0 points per outing.
  • On defense, the Gamecocks are 39th, allowing 20.0 points per game, while the Aggies are 96th and allowing 30.8 points per game.

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