GAME DAY: South Carolina vs. Arkansas

The No. 10 South Carolina Gamecocks (7-1, 5-1 SEC) play their third straight SEC road contest when they travel to Fayetteville to resume their rivalry with the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks (7-1, 3-1 SEC) on Saturday, November 5. Game time is set for 7:15 p.m. ET at Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000). ESPN will televise the contest nationally.


KICKOFF: Saturday, 7:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/5/11
SITE: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.
SURFACE: Sportexe HP 2.5
SERIES: Arkansas leads 12-7 (last meeting, 11/06/10, Arkansas 41-20)
RECORDS: South Carolina 7-1, 5-1 SEC; Arkansas 7-1, 3-1 SEC
POLLS: South Carolina (No. 10 AP, No. 10 USA Today); Arkansas No. 8 AP, No. 8 USA Today)


-- For South Carolina: Pressure Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson. The Razorbacks' offense has not missed a beat with Wilson running the show this season. DEs Melvin Ingram, Devin Taylor and Jadeveon Clowney must make Wilson feel constant pressure to force him into hasty decisions.

-- For Arkansas: Get off to a good start. Coach Bobby Petrino may not be talking about it, but he's well aware the Razorbacks can't fall behind by double digits against a South Carolina team that has given up only 18 points in its last three SEC games. The Hogs need to get back to their running game to take the heat off QB Tyler Wilson.


South Carolina didn't skip a beat on the ground against Tennessee, rushing for 231 yards on 53 carries with freshman TB Brandon Wilds leading the way with 137 yards on 20 carries. Due to his lack of activity while watching former starter Marcus Lattimore pull most of the playing time, Wilds got tired during periods in the second half, proving he doesn't have the stamina of his predecessor yet. To have a chance to beat Arkansas, the Gamecocks will have to find a way to get more production out of its passing game, particularly getting the ball to All-America WR Alshon Jeffery more often.

South Carolina's defense has gotten progressively better as the season has progressed. The team has held opponents to 7.4 points per game in its last five encounters and 6.0 points in its last three. Three of its last five opponents have scored only three points, as the squad has become one of the nation's best statistically. The Gamecocks have forced 28 turnovers, including 16 interceptions, and limited offenses to 130.2 yards rushing and a nation-leading 135.9 passing yards per game. It held Tennessee to 35 rushing yards on 21 carries. The Vols advanced to the red zone only twice, both off USC turnovers.

Arkansas saw its running game falter a bit against Vanderbilt, but a lot of the drop in the production to 72 yards rushing after the 206 the week before at Ole Miss was brought about when the Hogs had to go to the air after falling behind early. The Razorbacks do know how to throw the football. They are the top passing team in the league with their 321.1 yards a game average. The Hogs have two of the SEC's top four receivers in seniors Jarius Wright and Joe Adams.

Defensively, Arkansas rates near the bottom of the SEC against the rush, giving up 188.1 yards a game. They also are 10th against the pass (208.0), which leaves them ahead of only Auburn and Ole Miss in total defense statistics. The Razorbacks are tied for 11th in sacks with Kentucky. The two teams have 11 each in eight games.


Gamecocks: South Carolina needs to win the game to stay on top of the SEC East Division. The Gamecocks are tied with Georgia, which is taking a week off from the conference race for a non-conference game against New Mexico State. The Gamecocks have the tiebreaker by virtue of their early win over the Bulldogs. ... The Gamecocks go to Arkansas ranked first the country in passing defense, allowing opponents 135.9 yards per game through the air. They have picked off 16 passes and recovered 10 fumbles. ... Considered possibly the fiercest hitter on the team, FS D. J. Swearinger he has proven the last two games, to be a game saver in a different way. Two weeks ago in a road game against Mississippi State, he intercepted a pass with time running out and the Bulldogs driving for a potential game-winning touchdown. On Saturday, following an opponent's interception and return to the USC three-yard line, Swearinger again intercepted a pass to allow his team to retain what was a four-point lead at the time.

Razorbacks: Arkansas has a five-game winning streak going against teams from the SEC's Eastern Division. The Hogs are coming off a win over the East's Vanderbilt and have South Carolina and Tennessee coming up. ... The Razorbacks have won nine of the last 13 encounters with South Carolina and four of the last five. ... The Hogs have come up big in the second half, outscoring opponents 144-66 over the last two quarters and 67-17 in the fourth quarter this season. In the last four games, all wins, the Razorbacks have outscored their opponents 82-17 in the second half. ... Senior RB Broderick Green did not play at Vandy, but that was because of the lack of opportunities in the running game dictated by Arkansas' early deficit, Petrino said, not any issues from Green's past health problems. ... Junior TE Chris Gragg is emerging as an alternative target for the Razorbacks, who have so much depth and talent at wide receiver. Gragg has 25 catches for 266 yards after grabbing five catches (a career high) for 66 yards in the win over Vanderbilt.



RB Brandon Wilds -- Although he had looked good mostly in mop-up roles as the backup to All-American Marcus Lattimore, no one knew what to expect from the freshman running back in his new role as starter. Wilds passed with flying colors, rushing 20 times for 139 yards against Tennessee. He could be in for a tougher go against Arkansas this week, however.

DE Melvin Ingram -- Looking like the best defensive player in the Southeastern Conference during the first half of the season, the senior has been quieter since injuring his foot and ankle against Kentucky. Although he has remained in the lineup, he doesn't own a sack in the Gamecocks' last two games. If USC is to have a chance against Arkansas, he needs to put pressure on QB Tyler Wilson. His defensive mates, Devin Taylor and Jadeveon Clowney, must also turn it up a notch.

CB Stephon Gilmore -- A starter in the secondary since he stepped on campus, the junior All-Southeastern Conference performer is playing his best football as a collegian. He had a key third-quarter interception against Tennessee and has picked off passes in two for the Gamecocks' last three games. He will be charged in leading a secondary that will be challenged against Arkansas.


WR Jarius Wright -- Wright leads the SEC and is 17th in the country in receiving yards per game (101.3). He has seven touchdown catches among his team-best 44 receptions.

WR Joe Adams -- Adams is averaging 56.6 yards receiving a game but also can be a factor in the return game as well as run the ball from scrimmage. The senior has returned three punts for touchdowns in his career, and he had a 92-yard touchdown run on a sweep in the win over Auburn.

LB Jerry Franklin -- Franklin had a 94-yard return of a recovered fumble for a key touchdown against Vanderbilt just when it appeared the Commodores were about to add to their eighth-point fourth-quarter lead. Franklin leads all active SEC players in career tackles-for-loss with 31.0.



SPUR Antonio Allen (neck, probable).


WR Greg Childs (knee, probable), OT Mitch Smothers (undisclosed, questionable), DE Tenarius Wright (arm, doubtful).

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