Texas A&M Aggies at South Carolina Gamecocks: 10/13/2018 Betting Preview

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The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies and South Carolina Gamecocks are ready to do battle on the grass at Williams-Brice Stadium. SEC Network will televise the action and the game is scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Betting Preview: South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M Aggies

The Aggies are 5-1 against the spread (ATS) and have gained 1.0 unit so far. The team has posted an O/U record of 2-3.

The Gamecocks are down 0.1 units for moneyline bettors this season. They’re 3-2 ATS and have an O/U record of 3-2.

The Aggies have gone 4-2 straight up (SU), including 2-1 SU against SEC opponents. The Gamecocks are 3-2 SU overall and 2-2 SU in conference play.

The Aggies just got a 20-14 win over Kentucky last week. Kellen Mond completed 18 passes for 226 yards, two scores and one interception. Trayveon Williams (138 yards on 24 rush attempts, one TD) and the signal-caller Mond (15 yards on 16 carries) spearheaded the running attack in the win. Williams (six receptions, 72 yards) and Jace Sternberger (five catches, 95 yards, one TD) shared the receiving duties.

South Carolina just earned a 37-35 win over Missouri. The team’s defensive unit let the Tigers run for 286 yards on 46 rush attempts, including three rush TDs. Damarea Crockett was outstandingfor the Tigers, putting up 154 rushing yards and a score on 20 attempts. For South Carolina, Michael Scarnecchia completed 20-of-35 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns. Rico Dowdle (53 yards on 21 rush attempts) and Ty’Son Williams (51 yards on 15 carries) spearheaded the ground game in the win while Bryan Edwards (seven receptions, 73 yards, two TDs) and Deebo Samuel (four catches, 88 yards, one TD) led the pass-catching corps.

Texas A&M’s run the ball on 56.0 percent of its offensive possessions this year while South Carolina has a rush percentage of 51.1 percent. The Aggies have produced 220.8 rush yards/game (including 156.7 per game versus Southeastern opponents) and have 13 touchdowns via handoffs this year. The Gamecocks are averaging 169.2 rush yards per game (145.8 in conference) and have five total rushing TDs.

It appears that the Aggies ought to hold an edge when it comes to RB efficiency. Their backfield has produced 5.2 yards per carry while their defense is allowing 3.0 YPC to opponents. The Gamecocks have recorded 4.5 yards per carry and allowed 4.5 YPC to opponents.

The Aggies offense has logged 270.7 yards/contest in the air overall (230.0 per game versus conference opposition) and has 10 passing scores so far. The Gamecocks have produced 255.8 pass yards per contest (246 against SEC competition) and have 12 total pass TDs.

On the defensive side of the ball, Texas A&M has allowed 78.8 rush yards and 244.8 pass yards per game. The South Carolina defense has given up 168.4 yards per game to opposing passers and 194.0 yards per game on the ground. The Gamecocks are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 4.42 to opponents, while the Aggies have given up an 8.11 ANY/A.

Offensively, Mond is up to 1,246 passing yards on the year. The signal-caller has connected on 90-of-151 attempts with nine scores through the air and three interceptions. He has a 7.14 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number is 4.63 over the past two games.

We expect the Texas A&M offense to mix it up in this one. Trayveon Williams (568 rushing yards, five rush TDs, 120 receiving yards this season), Jace Sternberger (300 receiving yards, five receiving TDs) and Camron Buckley (213 receiving yards) have each played key roles lately.

Michael Scarnecchia has completed 23-of-41 passes for 293 yards, four TDs and zero INTs for South Carolina. His ANY/A sits at 8.67 for the season and 7.43 over his last two games.

Deebo Samuel, Rico Dowdle and Bryan Edwards have combined to account for 391 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns over the last two outings.

When these two programs faced each other a year ago, Texas A&M knocked South Carolina off by a touchdown 24-17.

Texas A&M Aggies at South Carolina Gamecocks NCAA Pick

SU Winner: Texas A&M

Betting Notes

  • Both teams have lost four fumbles this season.
  • The Texas A&M defensive unit has twice as many sacks as South Carolina this year (16 versus eight).
  • Texas A&M has rushed for 3.9 yards per attempt across its past three games and 3.7 over its last two.
  • South Carolina has averaged 4.1 yards per carry over its last three outings and 3.1 over its past two.
  • Over its last three contests, South Carolina is 2-1 ATS and the under cashed in two of those three.
  • The O/U for Texas A&M’s previous game was set at 49. The under cashed in the team’s 20-14 win over Kentucky.
  • Over its last three contests, Texas A&M is 2-1 ATS and the under cashed in two of those three.
  • The O/U for South Carolina’s last game was 62.5. The over cashed in the 37-35 triumph over Missouri.