Texas A&M has dropped back-to-back games against Alabama and Ole Miss the past two weeks, but that hasn’t stopped South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott from dropping praise on the Gamecocks’ next opponent.
Elliott said the Aggies remain one of the best teams in the nation, and that’s what the team will prepare for heading into their Halloween showdown this Saturday.
“Texas A&M has got a phenomenal staff, unbelievable talent, and I got to see it firsthand a year ago,” Elliott said on Sunday’s teleconference. “I know some things have changed, but they’ve got the horses and they’re going to run with it. I’m sure they’re excited to get back to College Station and play on Halloween. They’re capable of being one of the best teams in the country and I anticipate that when we show up.”
The Aggies lost to Alabama, 41-23, in Week 7 and fell to Ole Miss, 23-3 on Saturday. They are now 5-2 on the season.
The Rebels held Texas A&M to a season-low in terms of points, and also set the blueprint for how to slow down this high-octane Aggies offense.
“Ole Miss is a good football team, and they went out did some things against A&M that hurt them offensively and defensively,” Elliott said. “They got after it. They played a great ball game.”
As far as what South Carolina can do against Texas A&M, Elliott said his team must come ready to play.
“I don’t know if this is the right time or right opportunity. I’m sure they’re questioning some things they’re doing after back-to-back losses, but you do that each week,” Elliott said. “We need to go out and play well, disciplined and focus, or it’s not going to matter. They’re so talented at the skill positions and the defensive front is one of the best in the country. They’re led by a great head coach, so we’ve got our work cut out for us.”