It is a new era for Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier, who is now without the freakish athleticism of DE Jadeveon Clowney and the ice-water veins of QB Connor Shaw.
The Texas A&M Aggies head to South Carolina to face the Gamecocks in the inaugural game on the new SEC Network.
For the last two years the Aggies and Gamecocks have had the services of the two most iconic players in all of college football: QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and DE Jadeveon Clowney. With both of those players having moved on to the NFL, including former Gamecocks’ QB Conner Shaw, the two teams are heading into the season with brand new QBs and some legwork to do in the SEC.
For the Gamecocks, head coach Steve Spurrier is 77-39 in 9 seasons. He has gone 33-6 in the last three seasons, winning three consecutive bowl games in that time. Iconic DE Jadeveon Clowney will be replaced by Darius English (Soph.), while Shaw will be replaced by Dylan Thompson.
The Aggies are coached by Kevin Sumlin, who is 20-6 in his first two seasons with the team and won the Cotton Bowl in 2012. The team replaced former Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel with Kenny Hill (Soph.), who beat out 5-star recruit freshman Kyle Allen and former TCU transfer Matt Joeckel.
Prediction: South Carolina – Had this match taken place last year with Manziel playing great and Jadeveon Clowney hurt, Texas A&M might have stood a chance, but Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier is one of the best minds in college football and will not let his chances of competing for the SEC East Division title be endangered this early.