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12:30 PM PT1:30 PM MT2:30 PM CT3:30 PM ET7:30 PM GMT3:30 AM 北京时间12:30 PM MST2:30 PM EST, Oct. 13, 2018
Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina  Attendance: 76,871

No. 22 Texas A&M heads to South Carolina to face Gamecocks

Texas A&M Aggies at South Carolina Gamecocks

  1. Texas A&M travels to face South Carolina for the fifth time in a series that began in 2014. Texas A&M has beaten the Gamecocks in all four previous meetings, its second-longest active streak against an SEC opponent; the Ags have not lost to Arkansas in their seven meetings since joining the SEC.
  2. The Aggies defeated No. 13 Kentucky, 20-14, in overtime last week, their first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 9 Tennessee on October 8, 2016. Texas A&M held Kentucky to just eight first downs on the afternoon, the fewest it had allowed since September 29, 2007, against Baylor (seven).
  3. Trayveon Williams tallied 138 rushing yards and a touchdown in the win, his fourth 100-yard game this season; only Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor has more (five). With 100 yards and a touchdown against the Gamecocks, Williams would become the first Aggie since Johnny Manziel in 2012 to reach those marks in three straight games.
  4. South Carolina defeated Missouri, 37-35, despite being outrushed, 286-128. That -158 rushing yard differential was the Gamecocks' largest deficit in a win since the 2014 Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin (-176).
  5. Bryan Edwards caught seven passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns against Missouri, giving him five receiving touchdowns through five games this season. He's the first Gamecock receiver to catch five or more touchdowns through five team games in a season since Kenny McKinley in 2007.

For a second consecutive week, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher will be looking across to the other sideline and see a familiar face when his 22nd-ranked Aggies (4-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) visit South Carolina Saturday.

Kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia is 3:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Fisher and the Gamecocks' Will Muschamp have links that go back several years. Most notably, both were coordinators at LSU, Fisher on offense, Muschamp on defense, under Nick Saban at LSU for the Tigers' 2003 national championship team.

"Will was one of the brightest guys I've ever been around," Fisher said. "We won a national championship together as coordinators, and we're friends.

"People know we used to own a house, a beach house, together. It was a lot of things. He's always been a great friend, a great guy."

Muschamp also was a graduate assistant at Auburn when Fisher was on the staff there.

"He's a great friend," Muschamp said of Fisher. "We worked together back at Auburn in the '90s, then obviously we were together at LSU. He's a really good football coach, and he's got a good football team."

Muschamp's Gamecocks (3-2, 2-2 SEC) are coming off an emotional, 37-35 victory over Missouri in their last outing. Fisher's Aggies went to overtime for a 20-14 win over a Kentucky team that is coached by Mark Stoops, who was Fisher's offensive coordinator at Florida State before taking the Wildcats job.

"You know all those guys and you hate playing all your friends," Fisher said. "You really do."

Fisher called the win over Kentucky "another step for us in the right direction." The Aggies more than dominated the then-13th-ranked Wildcats, holding what was then the SEC's leading rushing team to just 70 yards on the ground and 178 in total offense.

But they failed to make the plays earlier that could have made for a more comfortable evening, failing to convert a fourth-and-1 at Kentucky's 27-yard line in the second quarter and missing a field goal and turning the ball over twice in the second half.

With 390 yards, the Aggies more than doubled Kentucky's output. For the season, they have averaged over 490 yards a game rushing and passing and have the league's leading rusher in running back Trayveon Williams. Williams has averaged 120 yards a game and 6.0 per carry with seven rushing touchdowns.

"The big thing is on offense the consistency to finish drives," Fisher said. "The way we're moving the ball, we've got to finish drives and put points on the board."

That will be the key against the Gamecocks, he emphasized.

"We're going to have to start fast and finish fast in this one," Fisher said. "We'll have to make our adjustments, too.

"Anytime you're on the road it gives you confidence to get out of the blocks to play well like we did in the Arkansas game. Got a jump and got out front. But this game we're going to have to get out in front and maintain.

"They can score points."

The Gamecocks' offense will present just a bit of a mystery, however. Junior Jake Bentley is expected to be back as the starter at quarterback after missing last week with a knee injury, but it isn't certain.

Senior Mike Scarnecchia, who led the comeback win over Missouri, could start again.

"I've told both Jake and Mike that they need to be ready to go play," Muschamp said. "We've got two guys we can win with, and that's good to have."

Scarnechia had seen little time before last week, when he passed for 249 yards. Bentley has started since his freshman year and is an accurate passer with a 64 percent completion rate this season.

"I'm making the decision that I think helps us win," Muschamp said. "At the end of the day, that's what we are going to do, but we have two guys I have confidence that we can win with. I feel comfortable with both guys."

Updated October 9, 2018

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