The Arkansas Razorbacks are having a nightmare of a season.
The once-proud football program has fallen on hard times. The team has no leadership, no chance at a big-time bowl game and almost nothing left to play for.
With that being said, the Razorbacks can gain some measure of respect with a victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks.
South Carolina is currently ranked in the Top 25 in the college football rankings. As one of the best teams in the country, the Gamecocks will provide a very difficult challenge for an undermanned Arkansas team.
The Razorbacks will be without linebacker Terrell Williams who was arrested on a DWI charge and suspended indefinitely from the team. The Razorbacks defense is already considered beatable, and losing Williams doesn’t help.
The football odds have the Gamecocks as 14-point favorites to win this game, which means no one outside of Arkansas believes the Hogs have a chance.
So with the entire world seemingly rooting against the Razorbacks, they have a chance to make the college football world take notice. This is something that has been difficult for the team to do all season long, but this week it could be different.
The Razorbacks have had some success against the Gamecocks as they have not lost to South Carolina since 2008. The Hogs have won 10 of the last 14 meetings in the series and could continue that positive run with a good game from their best player.
As long as the Razorbacks have Tyler Wilson at quarterback, they still have a chance to win any ballgame. Wilson still has plenty to play for as he is still predicted to go as high as No. 6 in the latest NFL mock draft.
Wilson has a top target in Cobi Hamilton who will be a tough cover for anyone on the Gamecocks defense. Hamilton is atop the SEC in receptions with 69 catches and has accumulated over 1,000 yards on the season despite the tough year for the Hogs offense.
The Hogs defense will have to play nearly a flawless game, but it helps that Gamecock superstar Marcus Lattimore will not play in this game.
Defensive end Chris Smith had an incredible game against Tulsa, and if he can carry that over, the Hogs have a shot at the impossible.
A victory will not remove the unforgivable losses or cover up the slew of arrests and embarrassing incidents.
What it would do is bring back pride in a football program and a fanbase that desperately needs it.
Even if it is just for one week, it would be nice to hear positive things about the Arkansas Razorbacks once again.