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How and what to watch for No. 7 Texas A&M vs. South Carolina

The No. 7 ranked Texas A&M Aggies look to build on their 4-1 start Saturday against the scrappy 2-3 South Carolina Gamecocks.

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The No. 7 ranked Texas A&M Aggies look build on their 4-1 record Saturday against the scrappy 2-3 South Carolina Gamecocks.

A week ago, Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond moved into first place in program history in passing yards. Mond has made steady improvements throughout his time in College Station, and though he doesn’t possess the same ceiling as other SEC signal-callers, he generally makes life difficult for opposing defenses.

Mond gets plenty of help from teammate Isaiah Spiller, the Aggies’ talented sophomore running back. Spiller already has amassed 512 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, putting him on pace to match or eclipse last season’s totals of 946 and 10, respectively. Texas A&M can grind South Carolina away using Spiller’s legs while also building an effective play-action attack off of him.

Meanwhile, the Gamecocks continue to adjust to new starting quarterback Collin Hill. Hill followed offensive coordinator Mike Bobo from Colorado State and has performed adequately, completing 96 of his 156 passes for 1,076 yards. However, he has produced just passing touchdowns against three interceptions, limiting the upside of the aerial attack.

But while Hill’s arm has clear limitations, he has done a decent job converting goal-line opportunities into scores. Already, he has four touchdowns, more than he ran in his previous three seasons combined. If South Carolina gets near the end zone, Hill could add to his already impressive total.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Texas A&M versus South Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it on WatchESPN with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Texas A&M (-10) vs. South Carolina
Point Total: Over 59
Money line: Texas A&M (-335), South Carolina (+260)

· Texas A&M has gone 11-10-0 against the spread as a road team since the start of 2015.

· Over that same span, the Aggies have hit the over 6 times and missed it on 15 occasions on the road.

· South Carolina has a 17-18-2 record against the spread at home since the start of 2015.

· The Gamecocks have a 16-20-1 record hitting the over at home over the same stretch.

Betting splits

Texas A&M -10: (54% of handle, 47% percent of bets)
South Carolina +10: (46% of handle, 53% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Texas A&M has the firepower to put points on the board against almost anyone, and South Carolina will do their best to keep up. The end result seems most likely to reach into the 60s in total points.

Pick: Over 59

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