After enduring last week's loss in the hostile, yet, sensitive and hypocritical confines of the Swamp, I'm happy to say I'll be watching this game on my phone at work Saturday. I don't want to dwell much on last week's performance, so here's what to watch for this week.
Gauntlet Game Three
Things haven't been so "1-0" for the Razorbacks since opening SEC play.
Things may get a little easier as they return to the Hill to welcome Connor Shaw and the Gamecocks into town. But not much. The game will feature a dual-threat quarterback in Shaw, and three of the SEC's top pass rushers.
Arkansas matches up a little better against the Gamecocks, who rank 44th in passing yards per game (261), 26th in rushing yards per game (215.4) and are allowing 25.8 pints per game.
Not So Flightless Chickens
The South Carolina offense has looked a little different this year. With the emergence of Shaw's improved passing ability, the Gamecock's offense is a bit more multi-dimensional.
As pointed out in this week's Q&A with Garnet and Black Attack (great stuff, by the way), Shaw has improved with his read progression and keeping his eyes downfield. It's shown, as Shaw has yet to throw an interception this year.
His matchup against the Arkansas secondary is a favorable one, especially with the injury to sophomore corner Will Hines. Trey Flowers and Chris Smith will need to keep the pressure up all day to keep the Gamecocks grounded.
Bye-Bye, Barnyard Brawl
Tomorrow's game marks the end of Arkansas' annual east/west matchup wit the Gamecocks. Since joining the SEC in 1992,the Hogs are 13-8 and will forever own the head to head series lead regardless of tomorrow's outcome.
For more on the series finale (lol), check out Doc's remembrance here.
Kickoff is 11:21 AM CT at Razorback Stadium.