The GamecockAnthem.com staff predicts the score of the Arkansas game. Look inside!
GamecockAnthem.com Staff Predictions: Arkansas
Paul Stewart - Staff Writer
This is a really intriguing matchup for me. Both teams have offenses that can score, and score a lot. But which one has the defense that can hold up?
I believe that both Stephen Garcia and Ryan Mallett, along with their offensive cohorts, will be able to put the ball in the end zone. But with South Carolina being at home, as well as having the better of the two defenses, I think they get the key stop in the second half that separates this one.
7-2 isn't an easy mark, or one that Carolina has seen in awhile, but look for them to get it done today and continue the momentum headed to Gainesville.
South Carolina - 35
Arkansas - 28
David Porter - Beat Writer
I've struggled with this one this week. This game really worries me. Even though the team has said all the right things and are focused on the team goal of finishing the season undefeated at home, you can't help but think next week's showdown with the Gators aren't on their minds. On top of that you're replacing a starter in the secondary and only has six healthy guys with the conference's best offensive attack.
On the other hand, the Gamecocks are extremely tough at home and has lost only one game in two calendar years. Throw in the fact that Ryan Mallett has atrocious road stats and this game is literally a toss-up. The key for the Gamecocks will be to control the clock offensively and get pressure on Mallett defensively.
In the end, I find it hard to pick the Gamecocks to win this game, but I think they manage to pull it off.
South Carolina - 31
Arkansas - 27
Ryan Bethea - Photographer
In anything but a "meaningless" Homecoming game Saturday, South Carolina will have its hands full with Arkansas. The Gamecocks are looking to improve record and bowl status, keep their undefeated record at Williams-Brice intact, and most importantly, continue building momentum toward the biggest USC football game in recent memory next week. The Gamecock defense will do their best to contain Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett and possibly find themselves in a hot shootout on a chilly night in Columbia. South Carolina's pass defense improves somewhat against one of the league's best passers. USC's playmakers keep Arkansas on its heels for most of the night and escape with the seventh win of the season. On the same night South Carolina baseball team receives its CWS National Championship rings at halftime, the football team will claim a share of the SEC East division crown.
South Carolina - 38
Arkansas - 34
Welcome to November in the SEC - A top 20 matchup. ESPN primetime. Great "football weather" with temperatures dipping into the 40s. Simply put, Saturday's matchup between South Carolina and Arkansas is what college football is all about. Don't let next week's looming showdown with Florida for the SEC-East title take anything away from the significance of this conference clash. Both teams have a lot to play for, and both squads are aiming to play their best football in the month of November.
In what will be an entertaining, high scoring shootout between the Gamecocks and Hogs, a few key stops by the USC defense and the clock-grinding rushing ability of Marcus Lattimore will prove to be the difference late in this game. Ryan Mallett and company will hit a few big plays through the air to keep pace with the Gamecock offense for three and a half quarters, but Carolina's league leading run defense will make the Hogs one dimensional as the game goes on, allowing USC's ferocious pass rushers to pin their ears back and pressure Mallett into some second half mistakes. The Arkansas defense will not have an answer for Lattimore or Alshon Jeffery, and Carolina will squeak out a hard earned "W" to remain undefeated at home on the season.
South Carolina - 34
Arkansas - 27