Josh Kendall

Kyler Murray will have his moment, Gamecocks will not

The State

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – If Texas A&M fans get their wish, Saturday will be remembered wistfully as the start the Kyler Murray Era.

The Aggies will start Murray for the first time in his collegiate career against South Carolina in Kyle Field in a 12 p.m. game Saturday, the team announced Friday. It’s a moment many Texas A&M fans have been waiting for since Murray signed with the team out Texas prep powerhouse Allen, where he was 43-0 as a starter and won three state championships while compiling 10,386 passing yards and 4,139 rushing yards.

The decision comes as no surprise. Sophomore Kyle Allen has been so bad the last two weeks that all the local speculation says he’s hurt despite Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin saying Tuesday that Allen is “fine.”

Murray, a former five-star prospect, has had his own issues. He didn’t play last week against Ole Miss, getting jumped in the rotation by junior college transfer Jake Hubenak, and leading to one report saying Murray was suspended from the game. (It’s been multiple anonymous-reports kind of week in Aggieland, which is rarely the sign of stability.)

Mobile quarterbacks, which Murray is in spades, gave South Carolina fits last year, but the Gamecocks haven’t shown that particular Achilles heel under their new defensive system.

The Aggies are 16-point favorites but are coming off two straight losses and some are starting to wonder if this year will be a carbon copy of last year, when Texas A&M started 5-0 but only won one more SEC game after that.

If something good happens for South Carolina early Saturday, the Gamecocks could be in position to pull off a shocker late, but the overall talent gap will be hard to overcome.

Texas A&M 28, South Carolina 20