The numbers don’t look good for South Carolina. Arkansas is the second-best passing team in the nation (360.2); the Gamecocks have the 105th pass defense in the country. South Carolina’s coaches have tried almost everything they can but nothing has fixed the secondary. The Gamecocks could be embarrassed Saturday if they don’t correct their issues. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has thrown for almost 2,500 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Who is Knile Davis?
The Razorbacks seem to have found a running back, which makes them even more dangerous. Three players have started at the position, but the sophomore from Texas looks like he’s entrenched. He averages 6.5 yards per carry and 69 yards per game. Two weeks ago, he had 22 carries and 176 yards against Ole Miss. Davis, who is said to run a sub-4.4 40-yard dash, is a threat to score in the open field.
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Down but not out
Arkansas will be playing without its top wide receiver, Greg Childs, who is third in the SEC in yards per game. However, that’s does not mean the Razorbacks are without weapons in the passing game. Wide receivers Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Cobi Hamilton, tight end D.J. Williams and running backs Knile Davis and Ronnie Wingo Jr. each have at least 12 catches.
Shaking up the big man
Arkansas has given up 15 sacks, which is seventh in the league. South Carolina has registered 30 sacks, more than anybody in the SEC. Razorbacks quarterback Ryan Mallett is not easy to bring down. He has a quick release to go along with a 6-foot-6, 238-pound frame.
Taking the crown
For most of the first half of the season, South Carolina led the SEC in red zone offense and was proud of that. Now Arkansas owns the title. The Razorbacks have scored on 25 of 27 trips inside the 20-yard line and have 20 touchdowns. Arkansas has run in it 10 times and thrown it in 10 times from that distance.