COLUMBIA - Pre-game thoughts on a hot, humid Thursday night at Williams-Brice Stadium:
- South Carolina will run wild - or something close to it - against Texas A&M, which hasn't stopped the run very well in its two years in the SEC.
Meet David Williams. While Mike Davis will get most of the carries for the No. 9 Gamecocks, running backs coach Everette Sands is among those eager to see Williams make his college debut. The 6-1, 214-pound redshirt freshman has track speed and can catch the ball.
Jersey watch: Of course, a lot of garnet or white Gamecocks jerseys are sprinkled throughout the tailgate crowd. But also some Cleveland Browns No. 2 gear (Texas A&M fans holding dear to Johnny Manziel) and a few Florida Gators No. 15 shirts (Tim Tebow is on hand working for the SEC Network).
When the Aggies have the ball: Expect rotations early and often on the South Carolina defensive line as players and coaches deal with the heat.
How to tell the pass-rushing Dixons apart: Gerald Dixon is No. 44; his brother Gerald Dixon Jr. is No. 92.
75: Years that SEC Network play-by-play man Brent Musburger has been on the planet.
Over-under on the number of punts for the Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M: 2.
Charleston-College Station connection: Texas A&M center Mike Matthews is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, the grandson of Charleston native (and former Georgia Tech and NFL player) Clay Matthews and the great-grandson of former Citadel boxing coach Matty Matthews.
Final score: South Carolina 34, Texas A&M 10