Steve Spurrier just after South Carolina's 52-28 loss to Texas A&M on Thursday night said the Aggies would be favored by three touchdowns in a rematch.
Probably not quite, but overstatements are in order when a 10.5-underdog wins by 24 points.
The Gamecocks losing as a favorite is rare enough in the Spurrier era; it's only happened 10 times since he took over as head coach before the 2005 season.
Prior to last week, it had only happened three times at home.
Only twice when South Carolina was favored by double-digits.
The Texas A&M game combination of plus Gamecock point spread and actual deficit (34.5 points) is the largest for a South Carolina team under Spurrier.
South Carolina's losses to underdogs from 2005-2014:
(Season, opponent, point spread, score, spread/deficit total)
2005: Missouri (Independence Bowl); USC by 4, 38-31 loss, 11
2007: Vanderbilt, USC by 13, 17-6 loss, 24
2008: at Vanderbilt, USC by 9, 24-17 loss, 16
2009: UConn (Papajohns.com Bowl), USC by 4, 20-7 loss, 17
2010: at Kentucky, USC by 5, 31-28 loss, 8
2010: Arkansas, USC by 4, 41-20 loss, 25
2010: Florida State (Chick-fil-A Bowl), USC by 3, 26-17 loss, 12
2011: Auburn, USC by 10, 16-13 loss, 13
2013: at Tennessee, USC by 7, 23-21 loss, 9
2014: Texas A&M, USC by 10.5, 52-28 loss, 34.5
Good news: Spurrier has suffered more than one loss as a favorite in the same season only once, and that was in 2010 - the year the Gamecocks made their only SEC Championship Game appearance.
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