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COLUMBIA, SC BRACES FOR “AGGIE INVASION”

Texas A&M University will host its traditional “Midnight Yell” practice on the steps of the South Carolina State House, according to the school’s Association of Former Students.

The event will take place at midnight on Wednesday, August 27 – eighteen hours before the No. 20 Aggies take on ninth-ranked South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in the season-opening tilt for both teams.

A tradition dating back to 1932, the “Midnight Yell” is a pep rally aimed at firing up Aggie fans. The event includes chanting, push-ups, the introduction of the Aggie mascot, “Reveille,” and the singing of the “Aggie War Hymn” and “Spirit of Aggieland.”

South Carolina fans were not impressed …

“Yawn,” tweeted SpurrierSwag, a popular Gamecock Football social media account.

The Gamecocks – entering their tenth season under head coach Steve Spurrier – are pegged as ten-point favorites in the game, which will be the first contest ever televised on the new SEC Network (and the first-ever matchup between these two programs).

Texas A&M finished last season with a 9-4 mark – defeating No. 23 Duke 52-48 in a thrilling Chick-Fil-A bowl.  The Aggies – who saw their top three offensive players selected in the first round of the NFL draft – finished last season ranked No. 18.

South Carolina finished the 2013 season ranked No. 4 in the nation after winning its third consecutive New Year’s Day bowl game and winning 11 games for the third straight year.

News of the “Aggie Invasion” in Columbia was first reported by JC Shurbett of 24/7 Sports.

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