In the seven full games that Tyler Wilson has played this season, he has averaged 332 passing yards per game. South Carolina has only allowed an SEC opponent to pass over 200 yards in one game this season, its close call last week against Tennessee. The Volunteers passed for a total of 381 yards in that game.
Tennessee is also the only SEC team this season to put up more passing yards in its game with South Carolina. The Gamecocks had more passing yards than LSU and Florida in those losses.
While Wilson passing for more than 300 yards does not guarantee a win (he passed for over 300 yards in the games against Texas A&M and Rutgers), it will allow the Razorbacks to keep the game competitive. If Arkansas is going to upset South Carolina, it will need Wilson be put in the same consistent play he has all season.
But there are two issues the Hogs will need to address.
The first is Wilson’s lack of passing options this season. Tennessee utilized eight receivers in its game against South Carolina. Wilson will have to have targets other than wide receiver Cobi Hamilton and running back Dennis Johnson. His other favorite target, tight end Chris Gragg, is questionable for Saturday’s game.
The other issue is South Carolina’s passing defense. The Gamecocks are currently ranked No. 27 in passing defense, the highest-rated passing defense the Hogs have faced since their loss to Alabama.