Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks have been in the news a lot recently because of his antics involving superstar defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. While this has turned into a big controversy off the field, the Gamecocks still have games to play on the field with or without Clowney.
On the other side of the field, Bret Bielema has led the Arkansas Razorbacks to a 3-3 record through six weeks after a tough, underachieving 2012 season under head coach John L. Smith. It’s obvious that this team is headed on the right track as Bielema is one of the best coaches in the nation.
South Carolina is glad to have Connor Shaw healthy at quarterback and his 17-20 performance against the Kentucky Wildcats a week ago was the reason the Gamecocks pulled off the win. Although they are 4-1, the Gamecocks have underachieved this season, narrowly winning three games against lesser opponents. Shaw needs to step up his game if this team wants to make a run at a conference title. Running back Mike Davis has taken over for Marcus Lattimore, rushing for 614 yards and eight touchdowns, becoming the best running back no one talks about.
Arkansas, at one point, had the best rushing attack in the nation — or so it seemed. After three consecutive losses, the run game has dropped off a bit, but ranking 24th in the nation in rush yards per game is nothing to overlook. Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams were huge reasons as to why the Razorbacks had so much success early in the season. They have combined for 1,154 yards and seven touchdowns on the season as a pair — both of whom average at least 5.8 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Gamecocks have relied heavily on Jadeveon Clowney, but he has been non-existent this season, accounting for just two sacks. The Gamecocks allow 365 yards per game to go along with 25.8 points per game. Arkansas has faired a bit better, allowing 339 yards as well as 23.5 points per game.
South Carolina will travel to Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks at 12:21 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 12. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.
PREDICTION: South Carolina 24, Arkansas 23