Gamecock Central: USC ambushed by high-flying Aggies. "With fast-paced East Carolina, which runs the frenetic Air Raid offense, coming to Columbia on September 6, the next nine days promise many sleepless nights for defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward and USC's defensive staff." ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill is licking his chops. Frankly, it is a must-win for Carolina if we have any shot at a decent bowl game this season.
Sportstalksc: Aggies play with (cow) chips on shoulders, bury Gamecocks 52-28 (VIDEO/AUDIO). "It was a mismatch tonight." Yep. The biggest news is that Mike Davis has been extremely limited in fall camp and re-injured some bruised ribs; all that business about Davis being hurt wasn't a mind-game, after all. Sounds like a lot of Gamecocks - coaches, players, fans - were deceiving themselves on multiple levels. Me included. This "is he hurt, isn't he hurt" thing with Davis is just one small example. Last night is what happens when a team that is not brutally honest with itself meets a superior squad.
Gamecocksonline: Some numbers analysis - South Carolina vs. Texas A&M - Postgame Notes. If you had told me Dylan would throw for 366 and 4 TDs, I would have felt good about our chances.
Chris Low: Sumlin's system keeps creating QB stars. 'It’s hard to know where to start when heaping praise on the Aggies, who had outgained the Gamecocks 142 yards to 1 at one point in the first quarter en route to scoring the most points against South Carolina on its home field in the Steve Spurrier era. The only other time an opponent had hung 50-plus on South Carolina in Williams-Brice with Spurrier on the sideline was when Tim Tebow came to town in 2007 on his Heisman Trophy march."
J.C. Shurburtt: Texas A&M's win a testament to talent. "Yes, recruiting at an elite level matters. True freshmen Myles Garrett and Armani Watts were outstanding for the Aggies on defense. Both were highly-regarded recruits in the 2014 cycle. As a comparison on the other side of the ball on defense for South Carolina, the Gamecocks have not replaced their departures in the secondary or along the defensive line on the recruiting trail- or the young players on that unit just are not ready."
The Rubber Chickens: TAMU Snap Judgments – Texas A&M @ USC Edition. "I have no idea why people piled on Dylan Thompson throughout the game. As we have talked about many times on this blog, he is a completely different quarterback than Connor Shaw in that he is a high risk, high reward guy. You have to take the good with the bad." Read the whole thing.
Saturday Down South: Rapid reaction: Gamecocks’ home streak snapped, questions aplenty.
Garnet and Cocky: Gamecocks vs. Aggies recap: Kenny Hill makes everyone forget about Johnny Manziel. Had the Aggies played against Missouri last year with a quarter of the will-to-win they displayed against USC yesterday, we'd have gone to the SECCG in 2013.
Bleacher Report: Has South Carolina's Steve Spurrier Missed Window for Another SEC Championship? It's a legit question. Video debate.
CBS Sports: SEC conventional wisdom starts its 2014 season 0-for-3. Did the A&M beat down count as 2 of those 3?
Fox Sports: Remember this guy? One Aggie fan may be filing for bankruptcy - Big Texas A&M win means free furniture for some lucky customers.
Gamecock Cereal: Well, this should put the whole sordid affair to bed - Gamecock fans impress "Yell Leaders".
WLTX: Probably the best moment of the night - Medal of Honor Recipient Leads Gamecock Cheer.