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Afternoon Feed Pail - September 29, 2016: Here comes Texas A&M

This might get ugly.

NCAA Football: Texas A&M at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

GBH: Graphical preview of Saturday’s game. Guys, stop dragging Darius Rucker into it. You don’t see us invoking Lyle Lovett song titles, do you?

247: A little this and that for Saturday. Also, Shurburtt is pretty high on the Gamecocks’ WR corps down the road. He mentions Shi Smith and OrTre Smith in particular, a couple of the team’s incoming recruits for 2017. I think we all hoped that Deebo Samuel would play a little bigger role with the team this year, though. J.C. didn’t mention Hayden Hurst (since he’s a TE, not a WR), who’s been very good in filling the void and has played a big role in the receiving game. Shurburtt also has his ten Gamecocks players to watch for Saturday.

The State: Josh Kendall chats about Les Miles’ firing (he’s not a fan). Of course, Will Muschamp has been fired in the past, so he obviously has a take of his own. He also detailed players’ thoughts about Brandon McIlwain and how they hope to help the young signalcaller. Good to hear from Terry Googer that B-Mac has “bounced back”. We’re also on the same wavelength when it comes to the team’s hopes of making a bowl.

SEC Country: Toure Boyd is no longer with the team. Plus, a stiff test is coming with a fast A&M offense that’s better than what the backfield’s been facing all year.

Greenville News: USC has set an ambitious goal for its defense. 16 is the magic number, which is going to be pretty tough (obviously).

Gamecocks Online: Volleyball’s good (13-1, 1-1 SEC good) - they took Tennessee all the way last night on national television. The Vols had a 2-1 lead and led 18-15 in the 4th set before the Gamecocks turned it on and got the win in five sets. WSoc’s doing very good - they have A&M tonight in College Station on the SEC Network. MSoc’s in good form after winning their fifth straight. Equestrian’s got A&M in Blythewood tomorrow. Also, a nice interview with golf’s Katelyn Dambaugh.

Spurs and Feathers: Wil Crowe chats with Brian Hand on returning to South Carolina. “The smartest thing I could’ve done”.