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If there has been a team that's given the Gamecocks fits in recent memory, it's the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The Razorbacks have three straight victories over South Carolina by scores of 33-16 in 2009, 41-20 in 2010 and 44-28 in 2011. Bobby Petrino's Arkansas quarterbacks have put up some massive numbers on the Gamecocks in those three victories, but Petrino is no longer around.
John L. Smith, the new Arkansas coach for 2012, had little time this spring to get acquainted with his football team, but he's got one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC returning in Tyler Wilson. He also has running backs Dennis Johnson, Ronnie Wingo and star Knile Davis all back to give this offense the firepower it needs.
Wide receiver will be a question mark, but Wilson and the running backs should be able to handle the load.
Defense will miss Jake Bequette and Jerry Franklin, who were considered the leaders on the defensive side. Tenarius Wright should be back at full health for the Razorbacks but can they improve on their defense from last season. The rush defense finished 74th nationally and will have a hard time slowing down the Gamecocks running game.
The difference in South Carolina finishing behind Georgia in the SEC East was this loss to Arkansas. This game is extremely important for USC, as it will play a major role in its hopes for a division and SEC championship.
Arkansas has gone through a lot this offseason, but its offense will keep them in most games this year. The Gamecocks are lucky to get this game at home and will look for payback on their recent three-game losing streak.
A win over Arkansas could be a signature win for South Carolina in 2012.