Sep 1, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson (8) during warmups prior to the game against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas defeated Jacksonville State 49-24. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

What the Gamecocks Learned About Their Opponents:


The Gamecocks had the week off, so there wasn’t much in the way of reconnaissance opponents could gather on them this weekend.

But what did South Carolina learn about its three remaining opponents during week 10?

Well, the only way Arkansas can win is through the air. The most the Razorbacks have scored in a loss this year is 31 in their week two OT loss to LA-Monroe. Why is that? Because they can’t get a running game going, which allows teams to pass blitz, drop plenty of defenders into coverage and focus on just a few offensive players the entire game. As long as Carolina helps this trend continue, they should do alright defending Arkansas offense.

Wofford is not as good now as they were to start the year. The Terriers just suffered their second loss of the season to (then) 5-3 Samford, another Southern Conference school. They’ve got another game between now and their trip to Columbia to shake that loss off, but for most of the season this team was thinking Conference Championship. Now it needs a minor miracle for that to happen, since the team ahead of them has the same conference record, but beat Wofford earlier in the year.

And then there was one. The Clemson Tigers, who still don’t scary anyone on defense, but might finally be able to put points up on Carolina this year. Sure their offense was good the past two years, but this year is a little different. Take their early season loss against Florida State as a great example of this; They put up 37 points on the number three scoring defense in the nation. The Seminoles still won the game, though, because they’ve got a good offense too, and Clemson could not keep it off the field. The SC, CU game could be a lot like that one, especially since it’s at Clemson.

Tags: Featured Football Popular South Carolina Gamecocks