When the Aggies run

Texas A&M won't be starting the same five offensive linemen for the first time this season with senior Connor Lanfear or sophomore Ryan McCollum taking over at right guard for injured senior Keaton Sutherland (ankle). South Carolina allowed a season-high 286 rushing yards last week to Missouri and now faces the SEC's best rusher in Trayveon Williams.

EDGE: TEXAS A&M


When the Aggies pass

A&M missed injured wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon last week as the leading wideout had only three catches. Tight end Jace Sternberger and Williams picked up the slack, combining for 11 receptions and 167 yards. South Carolina's pass defense is similar to Kentucky's, which limited A&M's big plays.

EDGE: EVEN


When the Gamecocks run

South Carolina's tailbacks averaged only 3.0 yards per carry on 36 carries against Missouri last week, and A&M is much better against the run.

EDGE: TEXAS A&M


When the Gamecocks pass

A&M defended well against Arkansas and Kentucky, teams that struggle passing, but South Carolina has a better aerial attack because of wide receivers Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith. South Carolina's tight ends also are viable options, and running back Rico Dowdle has 11 catches.

EDGE: SOUTH CAROLINA


Special teams

A&M punter Braden Mann keeps improving, and he already leads the nation. Both teams' kicking games are so stout there might not be any returns Saturday. A&M's Seth Small has missed his last three field goals, while South Carolina's Parker White is 8 of 9.

EDGE: TEXAS A&M


Intangibles

A&M has owned South Carolina since joining the SEC, going 4-0 against the Gamecocks. For the second straight week first-year A&M coach Jimbo Fisher will face a former coaching buddy and rival. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at LSU from 2001-04 when Fisher was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. They also faced off three times when Fisher coached Florida State and Muschamp coached Florida with Fisher winning two of those matchups.

EDGE: TEXAS A&M


TEXAS A&M MUST

Win turnover margin: Texas A&M won the last two games despite losing the turnover battle in each. That's hard to do and win a true road game.

Don't squander 3s: A&M has missed its last three field goals, all from 40 yards or closer.

Play with swagger: In its last game away from Kyle Field, A&M built a 17-0 lead then played down to Arkansas and almost lost.

SOUTH CAROLINA MUST

Handle the pressure: The Gamecocks will make big plays in the passing game if they can give their quarterback time.

Limit Williams: Running back Trayveon Williams has become the focus of A&M's offense with 53 carries and seven receptions in the last two games.

Rattle Mond: A&M quarterback Kellen Mond has had two turnovers in each of the last three games.

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