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Texas A&M vs. South Carolina 11/7/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Texas A&M visits South Carolina on 11/7/2020 at 7:00PM.

Texas A&M and South Carolina face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Texas A&M has a record of 4-1 this season. South Carolina is 2-3 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Texas A&M Team Defense Preview

Texas A&M has had 50 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 6.44 plays per drive. The struggle is real. Texas A&M cannot find a way to get opposing offenses off the field. Three and outs are not common and if the team needs a three-and-out late in a game to get the ball back, it is just not happening.Texas A&M has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Texas A&M opponents pass the football 57.45% of the time.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, this defense is too porous to limit those choices. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.24 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Texas A&M is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Texas A&M Team Offense Preview

Texas A&M has had 55 total drives this season and they generate 6.22 plays per drive. When you are among the best at plays per drive, you are certainly a team that aims to wear down the opposition with a high play count or with long, physical grinding drives that eat up a lot of clock. We need to find out more here when it comes to Texas A&M. Any defense is in for a challenge with Texas A&M, given their ability to accrue more than 5 yards on 1st Downs and their ability to convert on 3rd and 4th Downs. They put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses.Texas A&M passes the football 50.00% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Texas A&M struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Texas A&M can take credit for 3.16 yards per carry. This offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The Texas A&M coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! The offensive line and running back corps deserve a lot of credit for gashing defenses with their running game like the way they have this season. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have had trouble making big, disruptive plays against Texas A&M this season. Texas A&M is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Texas A&M is a better passing team than running team this season.

South Carolina Team Defense Preview

South Carolina has had 50 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.76 plays per drive. South Carolina lets opponents run a lot of plays per drive and in the Fourth Quarter, this team could be gassed. Offensives should lick their lips given their inability to stop anyone, this is one of the worst defenses in the country. The Defensive Coordinator coaching search threads on South Carolina message boards are flights of fantasy. South Carolina opponents pass the football 52.08% of the time.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, this defense is too porous to limit those choices. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? South Carolina can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 3.16 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. South Carolina has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

South Carolina Team Offense Preview

South Carolina has had 54 total drives this season and they generate 5.8 plays per drive. South Carolina runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. South Carolina is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Passing plays make up 51.76% of their play calls.South Carolina tends to pass more than other teams.

On first downs, getting ahead of the chains is crucial and running the ball well on first down can get a team there, South Carolina has done a good job avoiding the negative yardage rushing plays. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.87 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the South Carolina Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. South Carolina has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Texas A&M Roster

The Players to Watch for Texas A&M

Kellen Mond QB 6-3 217

This season, Kellen Mond has put up 1244 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has thrown 2 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 154.5thus far this season. Kellen Mond has thrown 2 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Kellen Mond has 78.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 77.84 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 28.0 times this season, which puts him in the 75.69 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Isaiah Spiller RB 6-1 225

This season, Isaiah Spiller has 512 rushing yards on 85 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Isaiah Spiller picked up 41 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 4 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Chase Lane WR 6-0 190

This season, Chase Lane picked up 272 yards. He caught the ball 19 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jayden Peevy DL 6-6 295

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Texas A&M, Jayden Peevy has 19 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 74.03 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 73.96 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Demani Richardson DB 6-1 215

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Texas A&M, Demani Richardson had 31 tackles which puts him in the 92.02 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 91.81 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Demani Richardson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 88.29 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The South Carolina Roster

The Players to Watch for South Carolina

Collin Hill QB 6-4 222

This season, Collin Hill has put up 1076 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 126.2thus far this season. Collin Hill has thrown 3 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Collin Hill has -38.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 4.31 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 33.0 times this season, which puts him in the 80.98 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 4.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Kevin Harris RB 5-10 225

This season, Kevin Harris has 535 rushing yards on 93 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 8 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Kevin Harris picked up 99 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 13 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Shi Smith WR 5-10 190

This season, Shi Smith picked up 415 yards. He caught the ball 36 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Keir Thomas DL 6-2 275

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for South Carolina, Keir Thomas has 20 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 3 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 86.16 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 3 times this season, which put him in the 94.97 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Jammie Robinson DB 5-11 195

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for South Carolina, Jammie Robinson had 37 tackles which puts him in the 95.64 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 79.41 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Jammie Robinson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.81 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Texas A&M vs. South Carolina Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Texas A&M 36 South Carolina 21

Spread Pick: Texas A&M -10 -109 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Texas A&M -325 5Dimes
Total Pick: Under 59 -109 Pinnacle Sports