This hasn't been the been year for South Carolina football, but also hasn't been a bad year. The Gamecocks are still fighting to reach bowl eligibility and there's a real chance they get it.
A win tonight would go a long way towards securing that bowl spot. That said, they have to do something they haven't done yet this year, beat a ranked opponent. Honestly, the public doesn't think there's a chance that it happens.
South Carolina is a major underdog in this one. The Gamecocks are 20 point underdogs, and they're given +950 odds to win the game outright. That's an implied 9.5% chance to pull off the upset. Meanwhile, Texas A&M is given -1250 odds, or an implied 92.6% chance to win the game.
So, it's clear the public just doesn't think this game is going to be much of a fight.
South Carolina and Texas A&M have played each other 7 times in their history. South Carolina has lost all 7 games.
The gamecocks have just not had any luck against Texas A&M. In their 7 games, South Carolina has lost by one score just 3 times. The good news is, that all of those one score games came either on the road or at a neutral site. So, South Carolina has actually performed better as a road team in this series.
South Carolina doesn't need this game, but a win here would do wonders for the team. It could play a big role in bowl season for a few teams.
For one, it could help South Carolina get a much better bowl game. Second, it could keep Texas A&M out of a potential New Year's Six bowl. Lastly, a win here hurts Alabama because then the Crimson Tide's lone loss so far this season will have come against an unranked opponent. That may be enough to keep them out of the playoffs.