Arkansas Razorbacks vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Arkansas Razorbacks face off on Saturday in SEC college football action. The Gamecocks are -14 point favorites over the Razorbacks.
The South Carolina Gamecocks are coming off of a bye week and they have time to adjust once again to life after Marcus Lattimore who was injured in their last game. QB Connor Shaw has completed 66.2 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions and he has rushed for 311 yards and two touchdowns. With Lattimore gone the Gamecocks look to Kenny Miles who is averaging 3.5 yards per carry and Mike Davis who is averaging 6.5 yards per carry in limited action. The South Carolina passing game could also come more into play as Ace Sanders has 24 catches and five touchdowns, Bruce Ellington has 23 catches and three touchdowns, and Damiere Byrd and Rory Anderson have 12 catches. Defensively South Carolina is rock solid allowing 18.3 points per game, 104.6 rushing yards, and 198.7 passing yards with 10 interceptions and 30 sacks. Shaq Wilson has 54 tackles, Reginald Bowens has 43 tackles, and Jadeveon Clowney has 8.5 sacks but he’s factor on just about every play. South Carolina will need to make some big adjustments after losing one of the top overall players in the nation.
The Arkansas Razorbacks have won three of their last four games and while they have a tough road ahead the Hogs can still make a bowl if they can somehow win two of their last three games. QB Tyler Wilson has completed 60.6 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Dennis Johnson is averaging 5.7 yards per carry and eight touchdowns and Knile Davis averages 3.4 yards per carry with two touchdowns. Cobi Hamilton has 69 catches and four touchdowns and Chris Gragg has 22 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively Arkansas has allowed 29.1 points per game, 121.4 rushing yards, and 292.4 passing yards with five interceptions and 21 sacks. Ross Rasner has 67 tackles, Rohan Gaines has 61 tackles, and Chris Smith has 5.5 sacks. With this game and LSU on the schedule Arkansas will be hard pressed to become bowl eligible.
South Carolina is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games, 5-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games overall. Arkansas is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games overall, 1-7 against the spread in their last eight road games, and 0-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Arkansas has covered in five of the last six meetings of these two.
Look for Arkansas to leave it all on the table here as the reality of no bowl game looms and while I am not sure they can get the win they should be able to put up enough points to keep it within the number.
Arkansas Razorbacks +14 South Carolina Gamecocks