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Game preview: South Carolina looks to upset Texas A&M

South Carolina looks to pick up a big win against the Aggies on the road

NCAA Football: Louisiana Tech at South Carolina Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The South Carolina Gamecocks look to improve to 4-1 on the season as they travel to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies (3-1) in an SEC showdown Saturday night.

South Carolina is coming off of a scary comeback win against Louisiana Tech, while the Aggies are coming off and overtime shootout against Arkansas.

This should be a tough test for the Gamecocks, who squeaked by a Louisiana Tech team who had them dead for rights till late in the fourth quarter.

What to know about Texas A&M

The Aggies are an explosive team. The offense averages over 40 points per game and over 460 total yards. The strength of their offense is their ability to run the football at will, averaging 260.3 yards per game. Trayveon Williams (328 yards), Keith Ford (232 yards), Kendall Bussey (206 yards) and quarterback Kellen Mond (157) are all extremely effective running the football. The Aggies have scored 12 rushing touchdowns in only four games this season. The A&M offense will look to run the ball heavily and tire out the South Carolina front.

The Aggie defense has had an up and down season. It has given up over 40 points twice against Power 5 teams UCLA and Arkansas. The UCLA loss was especially disappointing, as the Aggies were up 34 points before collapsing and losing by a point. It was the largest comeback in NCAA history, and a poor display of defense for the Aggies in the fourth quarter. There are many gaps in the A&M defense, which will give South Carolina the ability to put up some points.

What to expect from South Carolina

Going into Kyle Field in College Station is never easy. It is one of the most hostile environments in all of college football. South Carolina is looking to beat the Aggies for the first time in four tries.

As seen last week, South Carolina’s offense struggled to get anything going early with the losses of wide receiver Deebo Samuel and tackle Zack Bailey. It will be a tough test for the Gamecock offense on the road.

The Gamecocks will also be without linebacker Bryson Allen Williams for the remainder of the season. It is a big blow for the Gamecocks’ defense who will already have their hands full this weekend.

It should be a SEC battle on Saturday night in College Station, with both teams looking to improve to 4-1 on the season.