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#369 South Carolina 50 vs.
#370 Texas A&M -11.5
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30pm EST
Written by Nick Raffoul

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The South Carolina Gamecocks will travel to Kyle Field in College Station, Texas on Saturday night as they get set for a Southeastern Conference showdown against Texas A&M Aggies.

After suffering a disappointing upset loss against Appalachian State last week, the Gamecocks’ bowl game aspirations have almost completely vanished. South Carolina needs to close out the regular season with back-to-back wins but they will have their hands full against the Aggies and No.3-ranked Clemson in their season finale at the end of the month. Meanwhile, the Aggies became bowl eligible after cruising to a win in their last game against UTSA. Can South Carolina pull off the upset on the road on Saturday?

Hilinski taking care of the football for Gamecocks

South Carolina was stunned 20-15 at home versus mid-major Appalachian State last week for their third loss in four games. Freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski completed 32-of-7 passes for 325 yards, one touchdown, and one interception while Bryan Edwards had nine catches for 90 yards and a score on the day. The Gamecocks came in averaging 184 yards per game on the ground but managed only 21 yards on 27 carries while playing without leading rusher Tavien Feaster, who sustained a groin injury last week. South Carolina limited Appalachian State to only 202 yards of total offense and 2-for-13 on third downs in the dumbfounding loss.

Hilinski has performed well since being thrust into action as a true freshman, throwing for 2,07 yards, 11 touchdowns, and four interceptions. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound quarterback has thrown for 300-plus yards in two of his last three games and has just one interception in his last six games, spanning 221 pass attempts. Hilinski leads an offense scoring 26.0 points and averaging 402.9 total yards per game.

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher called the Gamecocks’ defense a pain this week and that’s exactly what they’ve been for opposing offenses this season. South Carolina has surrendered only 24.5 points and 365.2 yards of total offense per game so far this season, including just 193.0 yards per game through the air.

Spiller hoping to build on career-day

Texas A&M should be well-rested and well-prepared for this week’s matchup after getting a bye last week. The Aggies continued their recent turnaround, winning their third straight game 45-14 at home against UTSA two weeks ago. Freshman running back Isaiah Spiller had a career day, rushing for 217 yards and three touchdowns while Kellen Mond completed 16-of-21 for 211 yards and a touchdown in the win. Texas A&M limited the Roadrunners to only 231 yards of total offense and 2.6 yards per carry to earn their sixth win of the year.

Mond might not be a household name yet but the Aggies signal-caller is putting together another exception season under center. The 6-foot-3 quarterback has thrown for 2,214 yards, 17 touchdowns, and six interceptions so far this season while adding 33 yards and six touchdowns on the ground with his legs. As good as Mond has been with his arm, it’s been his willingness to scramble more for positive yardage that has opened things up in the passing game in recent weeks. Mond has helped the Aggies score 34.4 points and average 422.6 yards of total offense per game this year. On defense, the Aggies have surrendered 21.9 points and 335.1 total yards of total offense per game.

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We’re buying a little bit on bad news here. South Carolina lost to Appalachian State last week and they’ve dropped three of their last four games. However, Hilinski has played well this season and has thrown three touchdowns to only one interception on the road. He led the Gamecocks to an upset of then-No.3-ranked Georgia and has just one interception over his last seven games. That should be a recipe for success on Saturday. Take the underdog with the points in this SEC matchup.

Prediction: South Carolina Gamecocks +11
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Written By Nick Raffoul

Shortly after graduating with an Honors in Business Administration, Nick turned his attention from traditional stocks and bonds to investing in the performance of sports teams. And has now joined our team here at Winners & Whiners. Nick uses a combination of advanced stats and historical data to create sports investment models to identify value and generate consistent profits. Let Nick win for you.