The season-long anchor to this team has irrefutably been the strength of the defensive line.
Yet after a few troublesome injuries, the Gamecocks were left scrambling often times against the Vols.
Tim Hill of ABC-Columbia reported this week that the nagging foot injury that has plagued superstar defensive end Jadaveon Clowney may require offseason surgery.
While Clowney's playing status for the rest of the year isn't currently in doubt, the news that the Gamecocks' best defensive tackle, Kelcy Quarles, will return this week has to be a relief to fans.
Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Byron Jerideau has also been dealing with an ankle injury, but should be able to suit up against the Razorbacks.
Arkansas has been able to beat the Gamecocks the past three years by dominating the line of scrimmage.
While South Carolina has never had a defensive line this talented, it'll have its work cut out for it with a massive Arkansas offensive line.
The smallest lineman that will be protecting quarterback Tyler Wilson weighs in at over 300 pounds while standing 6’4".
Overcoming nagging injuries on the front four will be crucial to the Gamecocks’ success.