HOOVER, Ala. - Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi stopped short of guaranteeing anything, but he's plenty confident entering his team's opener at South Carolina.
"It's going to be a fun statement game, a big statement win," Ogbuehi said. "You can't guarantee anything, but we're working hard every day to get that statement win."
There are 44 days until Texas A&M opens the college football season with a trip to Williams-Brice Stadium to play South Carolina. It will be a challenging start. More than 1,000 miles separate the two campuses. When the Aggies arrive in Columbia, things won't get any easier.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said he expects "a very hostile situation" at South Carolina. He believes that will help his team prepare through preseason camp.
"It's a little bit easier to get your team's attention," Sumlin said. "When you turn that tape on, they know where they're going. When it gets 100 some degrees in Texas, it's about practice 17, guys don't want to do anything, it's a little bit easier to get guys' attention when they know they're going on the road to play South Carolina on the SEC Network for the world to watch.
"I think it helps our sense of urgency to prepare. I kind of like playing games like that early in the season."
Ogbuehi wasn't the only one who had making a statement on his mind. Aggies senior cornerback Deshazor Everett expects the same from South Carolina.
"We can't go over there not ready," Everett said. "South Carolina has a great offense, and they'll try to expose us. I'm sure their defense is looking to come out and stop our offense, which is known for scoring a lot of points.
"They're going to try to make a statement. It's the first game of the year. They want to come out and score some points and prove that they can compete for the national championship."