The Bryan-College Station Eagle and Ashley Furniture HomeStore located in College Station, Texas, has come up with an interesting promotion. If the hometown Texas A&M Aggies defeat the South Carolina Gamecocks by double digits in the season opener, the store will cut you a check to reimburse you for the furniture you buy during their 12 day kickoff sale. All of it!
Of course, it is a risky proposition, but the store did their homework. This is a calculated risk to get a lot of people into their store, and it will likely work out very well.
The game is at Columbia, and South Carolina has not lost a home game since October 1, 2011 against Auburn. Their 18 game home winning streak is a school record, and is the longest active streak in college football.
What’s that, Northern Illinois fans? While it is true that the Huskies have not lost a game inside it’s home stadium since 2009, they have moved two home games from DeKalb to Chicago’s Soldier Field. They lost both of those “home” games. So the South Carolina streak is the longest recognized by the NCAA. You can’t have it both ways!
The Aggies are 10.5 point dogs as of now, on the road at South Carolina. This likely has to do with having a brand new quarterback under center, and losing top receiver Mike Evans as well.
South Carolina will also have a new face under center in Dylan Thompson, but he at least has game experience. A&M’s Kenny Hill does not.
Advantage: South Carolina. Which is exactly what the HomeStore is counting on.