The NCAA football season starts in full force on Thursday with a number of games on the schedule. One of those games is the South Carolina Gamecocks hosting the Texas A&M Aggies, with new quarterbacks taking over for both teams.
South Carolina has 6 to 1 odds to win the SEC and 30- to 1 to win the inaugural College Football Playoff and national championship.
The current line on Bovada and sportsbook.com has South Carolina -10.5. The point total on betonline and topbet is sitting on 58.
The line has bounced back and forth from 10.5 to 11. The total was opened on 56 and has been bet up to its current 58.
This is the first head-to-head meeting between the two schools. South Carolina at home during last season was 7-0 SU and 4-3 ATS.
Texas A&M was 2-2 SU as well as 0-4 ATS in away games last season.
Both teams will have new quarterbacks with Texas A&M using Kenny Hill a sophomore. He has the unenviable task of replacing Johnny Manziel who is now with the Cleveland Browns.
Last season he attempted just 22 passes, but he won the starting job over Kyle Allen a true freshman. However, that competition is not over and Allen is ready to take over if need be.
Connor Shaw is no longer at South Carolina and head coach Steve Spurrier must find someone to replace his 7,534 career total yards, 72 touchdowns and 33 victories during 2011 through 2013.
The Gamecocks will start Dylan Thompson at quarterback who has only 218 passes to his credit in the NCAA.
Mike Davis the running back for South Carolina has hurt ribs, but his coach said the junior would be ready to play, even though he might not be 100%.
The offense for the Aggies should continue on fine without Manziel. In five of the six years Kevin Sumlin has been the head coach for Texas A&M, the offense has averaged more than 500 yards a game.
The system in place will make Hill a huge success and he could be a special quarterback.
Thompson has played in three seasons with South Carolina and has done well when handed the ball.
The point spread is a large one at 10.5 with the likes of Texas A&M on the other side of the ball. The best bet is to take the Aggies and the 10-5 points. The UNDER should also cash out.
The weather forecast has called for mid-80s temperatures and no rain or wind is expected.