The unexpected would be scrambles, draws and roll outs by South Carolina sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw. Actually, it's probably expected at this point.
"It's the same thing we've seen several times this year, a quarterback who can get outside of containment and make plays," Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers said after practice Wednesday. What we can't do is have our ends get too far past him. He'll take off."
Defensive end Jake Bequette said there is plenty to worry about with the South Carolina offense, including Shaw.
"Really, they lost one quarterback (in Stephen Jeffery) who was a good runner, but this one is probably a better runner. He makes you stay in your lanes as far as our front. You have to be very disciplined and be aware of where he is at all times."
Free safety Tramain Thomas said Shaw won't be the number one priority. That's why he's so tough to defend.
"You know he's going to run, but you have to play the wide receivers first if you are in the secondary," Thomas said. "Shaw can hurt you. He is going to extend the play at times. When he does, then you have to break into a contain mode. But you better stay with the wideouts first."
The Gamecocks lost bell cow running back Marcus Lattimore earlier this year, but they found a new load in freshman Brandon Wilds. He's 6-1, 223.
"He runs big," Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said. "He's physical. He's a good looking freshman. But he doesn't play like a freshman. He doesn't make any mental errors. He's done a nice job of handling the football."
As for Shaw, Robinson doesn't see any change in philosophy from Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier.
"They are still being creative," Robinson said. "They are still running all the things Coach Spurrier wants. It looks like (Shaw) gets them in and out of things that he wants from the sideline."
Jeffery is still the number one target.
"He's 6-4, 230 and that's why you look for big corners," Robinson said. "He's a guy who can take over a game. That's why we have to make sure he doesn't get into the flow."
Thomas said the secondary sees the challenge against Jeffery and the other Carolina receivers.
"This is a big challenge for us and we are excited," Thomas said. "It's fun to play against guys like him, guys the media gives so much hype. It's a great challenge for our secondary."
Robinson wasn't giving away who will be the starters in the secondary for the Hogs. Thomas has been benched twice this season, including last week at halftime of the Vandy game.
"We'll play who is doing the best," Thomas said. "If we see one having a lull, we are more than willing to go in a different direction based on performance in both practices and in the game."
The Hogs seemed excited about the prospects of a Top 10 matchup. The Hogs are No. 7, the Gamecocks No. 9.
"We know it's a huge game," Bequette said. "It's in our home stadium with a national audience. We know a lot is still on the line.
"As far as the matchup, that is extra motivation. We know the end game is still out there for us, all things are still available -- if we play one game at a time."
At the same time, Bequette knows the Hogs have to step up. They know they have not played well despite winning their last two games on the road.
"Really, it wasn't pretty," he said. "We won despite adversity. We didn't play well at all. Those two games on the road the last two weeks were not up to our standards. I will say that we understand that it's tough to win on the road in this league.
"I guess it's a cliche to say all road games are tough, but we know that.
"We just want to reach our potential. We want to play a full game. The time is now."