South Carolina has fallen on tough times after winning its first six games of the season.
The Gamecocks not only lost back-to-back games to LSU and Florida, but they also lost star running back Marcus Lattimore to another season-ending injury in the win over Tennessee.
On the other hand, things have been even worse for Arkansas this season. Following the firing of Bobby Petrino, the Razorbacks have gone 4-5 (2-3 SEC) under John L. Smith.
Here's a look at the SEC matchup on Saturday.
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC
When: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. ET
Live Stream: SEC Live
Betting Line: South Carolina -14 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
What's at Stake?
While Arkansas finds itself at the bottom of the SEC West, South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC) is competing with Georgia and SEC East leader Florida for a chance to compete in the SEC Championship Game.
South Carolina hasn't won a conference title since capturing the ACC in 1969, but the Gamecocks did win the SEC East in 2010.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
RB Knile Davis - Hamstring - Questionable
TE Chris Gragg - Knee - Questionable
OT Mike Matulis - Shoulder - Questionable
DT Kelcy Quarles - Shoulder - Questionable
What They're Saying
It's not looking likely that Alabama will lose its spot at No. 1 in the BCS standings, so several SEC teams—including South Carolina—are vying for the second SEC BCS berth.
As pointed out by ESPN, the Gamecocks will probably need some SEC teams to fall at the end of the season. A win over Clemson on Nov. 24 would certainly boost their chances.
The loss of running back Marcus Lattimore to yet another season-ending injury devastated the program, but the Gamecocks must bounce back from adversity.
Plus, Gamecocks fans can be rest assured that Lattimore will be on the field next season. He reportedly told coach Steve Spurrier that he would "be back," per ESPN.
Things got worse for the 4-5 Razorbacks on Sunday when linebacker Terrell Williams was reportedly arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated, per FoxSports.com. Coach John L. Smith has suspended him indefinitely.
Williams is the fourth Arkansas player arrested since Smith was hired in April.
Smith said he didn't have a timetable for the senior, saying (via the Fox Sports report), "Right now, I don't even want to talk to him, and we'll decide. I can't give you an answer. I'm just extremely upset with him."
I wonder what LIZHONEY2U thinks now.
Arkansas Player to Watch: Tyler Wilson, QB
Tyler Wilson has averaged 9.1 yards per pass attempt while tossing 16 touchdowns this season, but he's also thrown eight interceptions in eight games. He had six interceptions in 159 more attempts last season.
In three of the four Arkansas losses with Wilson under center the senior has thrown two picks.
Wilson has the ability to put up big numbers, but his decision-making has been questionable this season.
South Carolina Player to Watch: Connor Shaw, QB
With Marcus Lattimore out for the season, more responsibility is naturally going to be placed on junior quarterback Connor Shaw's shoulders moving forward.
Shaw has played well for the most part this season and he just went 22-of-32 for 356 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the 38-35 win over Tennessee. He also rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown in the contest.
Key Matchup: Arkansas Passing Game vs. South Carolina Pass Defense
South Carolina has been worse against the pass than the run this season, allowing 6.5 yards per pass attempt (tied for 33rd in the nation) and 10 passing touchdowns, per CFBStats.com.
On top of that, the Gamecocks have notched just five interceptions, which may help the turnover-prone Wilson.
Wilson needs to have a huge game to steal this one in Columbia.
Prediction: South Carolina 35, Arkansas 20
South Carolina may be without Marcus Lattimore, but Arkansas pass defense has been atrocious this season.
The Razorbacks have allowed 8.0 yards per pass attempt (tied for 100th in the FBS) while giving up 17 passing touchdowns and only five interceptions).
Plus, scoring 19 points against Tulsa last week isn't exactly encouraging.
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