WHEN: Saturday, 12:21 p.m.
SERIES: Arkansas leads 13-8
LAST YEAR: South Carolina cruised to a convincing 38-20 victory against Arkansas at Williams-Brice Stadium behind 277 passing yards from Connor Shaw and three takeaways by the defense. Shaw tossed a 29-yard scoring pass to Jerell Adams and a 42-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington while also scoring on a 10-yard run. Safety D.J. Swearinger keyed the defense with a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown.
COACH: Bret Bielema. Bielema, who is in his first season at Arkansas, had led Wisconsin to three straight Rose Bowls by winning the past three Big Ten titles. He carries a 71-27 career record, which puts him in the top 10 among active coaches in winning percentage with at least five years of experience.
QUICK TAKE: After opening the season with three straight wins, the Razorbacks have lost the past three games to Rutgers, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 17 Florida. This week’s clash with the No. 14 Gamecocks marks the third straight ranked conference foe. It doesn’t get any easier for the Razorbacks, who must play at No. 1 Alabama the following week.
HOG CALLS: The Gamecocks have lost five of the past seven meetings against the Razorbacks under Steve Spurrier. In the 30-10 loss to the Gators over the weekend, Arkansas finished with 275 yards of offense, the most offensive yards the Florida defense has allowed this season. The Razorbacks have rushed for 1,296 yards, averaging 216 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry. Arkansas has a 3-1 record in home games, with the only loss coming to Texas A&M. Kicker Zach Hocker has made all 25 of his attempts this season — 17 extra points and eight field goals.
RAZORBACKS TO WATCH
DE CHRIS SMITH: The 6-3, 268-pound senior has 16 tackles — eight for loss — to go with six sacks, five quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.
RB ALEX COLLINS: The 5-11, 206-pound freshman has rushed for 651 yards and three touchdowns to lead a high-powered ground attack.
QB BRANDON ALLEN: The 6-3, 210-pound sophomore has completed 60-of-121 passes for 834 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.
S ERIC BENNETT: The 6-0, 200-pound senior three-year starter leads the team with 19 solo tackles, and he has 35 overall to go with three pass breakups.