Each week before the South Carolina Gamecocks’ upcoming game, we will preview important numbers surrounding the two teams. This week we look at the opening game of the season against the Texas A&M Aggies.
0 – number of games these two teams have played before now. This is the inaugural game in what could become a great series if the two continue to be this successful.
33 – number of wins the past three seasons for the Gamecocks. As much press as A&M had with that other guy at quarterback, they had 6 fewer wins over the same period.3 – number of consecutive bowl wins for each team
18 – number of consecutive home wins in a row at Williams-Brice Stadium for the Gamecocks, and the place will certainly be fired up at 6pm for this game. There’s a Sandstorm comin’ Thursday night.
14 – number of consecutive opening game victories for South Carolina. A&M is 9-5 during that same stretch. The Gamecocks are now set as the team to open the college football season each year.
475 – yards allowed per game last year by the Texas A&M defense. I bet Mike Davis looks at this and his mouth waters just thinking about what he could do Thursday night. Although Texas A&M should be better than last year, they probably have a long way to go, and this could be a good team to open against with the changes to the Gamecock offense.
538 – yards per game last year by A&M offense. Look, I know that guy is no longer there, but don’t let that fool you as Kevin Sumlin has recruited two of the best quarterbacks in the nation. With our question marks at corner, the Gamecocks “D” will need to make sure they’re getting pressure on the quarterback.
1 – the most important number of all, which is how many wins one team will have after Thursday night. May not seem like a big deal now, but it could be setting the stage for the rest of the season. Both teams have been very successful as of late, both have new quarterbacks (coincidentally both previous QB’s now play on the same team in the NFL), and both have high expectations. Ultimately we’ll see which team will live up to those expectations and end up with that 1-0 record.