The South Carolina football team heads to Kyle Field in College Station on Saturday, Sept. 30, for a 7:30 p.m. ET showdown with Texas A&M.
Texas A&M was introduced as South Carolina’s SEC West crossover opponent in 2014, when the Aggies blew the doors off of Williams-Brice to win the season opener 52-28. The Gamecocks have yet to win any of the three meetings between the two teams.
Last season in Columbia, Texas A&M won 24-13, but South Carolina jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when running back A.J. Turner reached pay dirt on the first play from scrimmage, a 75-yard touchdown run.
SEC Country shares some of the 2017 game’s details below.
South Carolina-Texas A&M game time, details
The South Carolina-Texas A&M game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Kyle Field.
South Carolina opened as an 8.5-point underdog with the point total set for 55.5.
Which TV channel is South Carolina-Texas A&M on?
The South Carolina-Texas A&M game will be televised on SEC Network. Tom Hart, the play-by-play man, will be joined in the booth by analyst Jordan Rodgers. Cole Cubelic will patrol the sidelines.
How can I watch South Carolina-Texas A&M online?
The South Carolina-Texas A&M game can also be caught online at watchespn.com and on the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to South Carolina-Texas A&M on the radio?
South Carolina fans can listen to their game against Texas A&M on radio by tuning into the Gamecock IMG Sports Network . It will also be available on Sirius channels 83 and 137 and XM channels 83 and 190.
South Carolina-Texas A&M preview, keys to the game
Texas A&M is one of two teams from the SEC averaging over 40 points per game. The Aggies are also one of three SEC teams averaging more than 250 yards rushing and 450 total yards.
“[Coordinator] Noel Mazzone does a fantastic job,” South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said. “The two backs they’ve got are big-time runners. They are going to create space and get in 1-on-1 matchups. We have to tackle and get these guys on the ground. They run the inside zone extremely well and the thing can bounce all the way to the backside.”
Trayveon Williams, who’s averaging 6.6 yards per carry this season, has rushed for 328 yards and 4 touchdowns over three games. Keith Ford has rushed for 232 yards and 5 scores.
Christian Kirk, the Aggies leading receiver with 19 catches for 251 yards and 4 touchdowns, is “as good a player as there is in college football, in terms of a returner and a receiver.” Muschamp said.
Kirk, who has 292 kickoff return yards, is fifth in the country among wide receivers in all-purpose yardage.
Freshman quarterback Kellen Mond has completed only 50 percent of his throws, but he has 649 yards and 6 touchdowns passing. On the ground, he’s rushed for 157 yards and a score.
“Really has continued to come on since he’s played in the UCLA game and the Nicholls game and the Lafayette game and going into the Arkansas game, continues to improve,” Muschamp said.
Texas A&M’s defense is coordinated by longtime SEC assistant John Chavis.
“They are very active inside with [Zaycoven] Henderson and [Kingsley] Keke, Daylon Mack and guys that we have to be able to handle inside,” Muschamp said. “Jarrett Johnson is an outstanding rusher on the edge, creates a lot of issues for you. They are leading the league in sacks and he’s certainly a huge part of that.
“Armani Watts is as good a safety as there is in our league and has played there for a long time.”
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