The South Carolina Gamecocks struggled against the Kentucky Wildcats in Week 6, and many worried that they would start struggling against better teams than Kentucky. In Week 7, they faced an Arkansas Razorbacks team that shows little signs of improvement and absolutely dominated.
The Gamecocks won 52-7 and held the Razorbacks to 30 total yards passing. There hasn’t been a better all-SEC pass defense performance all season long by any team. Jadeveon Clowney returned from injury and had only one tackle, but he wasn’t really needed as South Carolina dominated from the opening kick.
South Carolina’s biggest weakness all season long has been their offense. If they can continue to play like they did against Arkansas, they will have every opportunity to win the SEC East, especially after the Georgia Bulldogs lost to the Missouri Tigers.
Missouri leads the SEC East with an undefeated record, but South Carolina is in second as the only one loss team in the SEC East. After they face the Tennessee Volunteers next week, they will face Missouri in a game that could decide the who will compete in the SEC Championship game from the SEC East.
South Carolina has the defense to win the SEC East and eventually the SEC. After their loss to Georgia early in the season, many stopped talking about the Gamecocks as a legitimate national title threat. Not only are they a threat, but if their offense can play at the same level as their defense like it did against Arkansas, they could be the SEC East’s favorites to go to the BCS Championship game.