Bet SEC College Football Week 1 – Texas A&M Vs. South Carolina 

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Bet SEC College Football Week 1 – Texas A&M Vs. South Carolina 

Bet on the 21st ranked Texas A&M Aggies Vs. the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks

On Thursday night, the ninth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks (11-2 SU, 6-7 ATS 7-6 O/U) will look to make a huge statement and keep their four-team playoff hopes alive when they kick off their 2014 campaign against the 21st-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (9-4 SU, 5-8 ATS, 9-4 O/U) in an SEC throw-down that has all the makings of a mid-season clash with postseason implications.

No. 21 Texas A&M vs. No. 9 South Carolina
The South Carolina Gamecocks are 10.5 point favorites at home over the Texas A&M Aggies in week one of NCAAF betting.
Starts: 08/28/2014 6:00PM
Williams Brice Stadium, 1125 George Rogers Boulevard
Columbia, South Carolina

While polarizing quarterback Johnny Manziel and NFL No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney are no longer playing for their former schools, life goes on for both teams, though only one is expected to contend for a national title game appearance this season.  

The high-scoring South Carolina Gamecocks will turn over the keys to their offense to senior quarterback Dylan Thompson as he replaces former starter Connor Shaw. Thompson is inexperienced, but he has won all three of his career starts while throwing for 1,827 yards and 14 touchdowns since arriving on South Carolina’s campus. 

The Gamecocks will balance their offense by handing the ball to gifted junior running back Mike Davis among others. Davis has averaged a jaw-dropping 5.7 yards per carry in his career.

It was just last week that Texas A&M head coach Mike Sumlin named sophomore signal-caller Kenny Hill as the team’s starter, ending a long offseason battle between the second-year signal-caller and talented five-star freshman Kyle Allen.

“Competition was close and that competition will continue to help us improve," Sumlin said, via the team’s official Twitter page. "I have talked to both quarterbacks as well as the team and we will prepare with Kenny getting the first-team reps."

As expected when you have a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Hill didn’t play very much behind Manziel as a true freshman last season while appearing in five games and completing 16 of 22 passes for 8.3 yards an attempt with one touchdown.

The bottom line for collegiate gridiron gamblers for this Week 1 showdown is the fact that Texas A&M needs to shore up a defense that allowed a whopping 32.2 points per game last season to rank 96th in the nation.

South Carolina ‘s strong suit under offensive-minded head coach Steve Spurrier has been ‘instant offense’ with the Gamecocks averaging a stellar 34.1 points per game last season (32nd). Most casual college football fans might not know that the Gamecocks were also one of the nation’s best defensive teams as they limited their opponents to just 20.3 per game defensively (12th).

South Carolina has also won a school-record 18 consecutive games at home, so I don’t think the outcome of this SEC Week 1 battle is very much in doubt.

I know that Texas A&M averaged a jaw-dropping 44.2 points per game to finish fourth in the nation in scoring, but with Johnny Football gone, I don’t think the Aggies will be able to produce those kinds of points on a regular basis in 2014.

Texas A&M is just 1-6 ATS in their last seven conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. South Carolina has gone 5-1 ATS in their last half-dozen games and they’re my pick to win and cash in against a Texas A&M squad that I believe is going to miss Manziel a whole lot more then they know.

My SEC Week 1 College Football Betting Pick: South Carolina -10.5 Points.