The South Carolina Gamecocks return to Williams-Brice Stadium this weekend to take on SEC foe Arkansas.
The Gamecocks are looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Texas A&M, while the Razorbacks look to win their second game in a row after beating New Mexico State last Saturday.
South Carolina and Arkansas have not met since 2013, which South Carolina dismantled Arkansas 52-7. Arkansas does hold the series advantage over the Gamecocks, 13-9.
What to expect from Arkansas
The Razorbacks rely heavily on their on the play of their quarterback, Austin Allen. Allen has thrown for 766 yards and seven scores in only four games for the Razorbacks this season, proving why he is a top signal-caller in the SEC. Head coach Will Muschamp spoke highly of Allen in his weekly press conference, saying, “Austin Allen is an outstanding thrower, really a talented arm. He’s a guy that’s really played well in our league.” Muschamp knows the Gamecock defense could potentially have its hands full with Allen and his passing attack.
Allen has talented weapons to throw the ball to, including his favorite target, Jonathan Nance. Nance has 15 catches for 258 yards and four scores on the season. Look for Allen to lean on his go-to receiver heavily in this matchup.
Devwh Whaley, Chase Hayden and David Williams serve as the Razorback’s primary ball carriers. All are over 200-yards this season. David Williams, a South Carolina transfer, returns to Williams Brice for the first time since his departure. Look for Williams to run hard and angry against the Gamecock defensive unit.
Defensively, the Razorbacks are a solid unit. They have surrendered only 27 points-per-game this season. Defensive back Santos Ramirez has been one of the strongest players for the defense. He has broken up four passes, intercepted one, forced a fumble, and has 16 tackles on the season.
What to expect from South Carolina
The offense was rolling mid-way through last Saturday’s game against Texas A&M. Quarterback Jake Bentley made some big throws under pressure, and the offense seemed to be clicking. Then, the offensive line began to struggle, and Bentley was under constant pressure. The offensive line needs to step up. They have been a low point for this team, and with the weapons and potential the Gamecocks have, it’s a shame. Look for the Gamecocks to use a running back or tight end as an extra blocker for Bentley on offense this week.
Wide receivers Bryan Edwards, Shi Smith, and OrTre Smith have filled in well for injured star Deebo Samuel. Expect these wideouts to keep performing at a high level for the Gamecock offense. Hayden Hurst also has stepped up and played well at the tight end position.