I’ll get right to it: this is not a good match-up for South Carolina. Texas A&M can both run the ball and stop the run, while the Gamecocks can’t do either. Overall the talent on these teams is similar, I just don’t think the Gamecocks have enough in the right places (QB play, receivers catching footballs) to take advantage of A&M’s weakness (defensive secondary). I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am.
Ranked opponent at home? Check. Big recruiting weekend for the Gamecocks? Check. Opponent has a 4-game winning streak? Check. Yeah, until they prove they can handle these situations, I’m not picking SC to win this one.
Prediction: SC 24 - Texas A&M 28. Miss Teriyaki Chicken has it as USC 34 - Texas A&M 31.