South Carolina vs. Arkansas Preview: 3 Things to Keep an Eye On


The Arkansas Razorbacks come to Columbia, SC to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks with both teams with lots to play for. For USC, it is about finishing the season strong and getting to a quality bowl. For the Hogs, well it is about respect to what is a bleak season.

USC should win this game but they have to respect Arkansas and not take them for granted. Here are three things to look for in this game from the USC perspective as it will determine if USC wins....

1. Handling Tyler Wilson. He's one of the best QBs in the nation and the Gamecocks must lessen his effectiviness in the game. Wilson has thrown for at least 230 yards in every full game he's played and has 16 touchdowns to eight interceptions. How the USC secondary limits him via the pass is something to watch. If USC can limit the attack then they win but if Wilson has time to pick USC apart well it could be a long day.

2. South Carolina's defensive pressure. Two names that have to be said a lot by the announcers is Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor. Their job will be to make Wilson's day as tough as possible. The USC defense is at its best when the pressure is there and in this game it has to be there.

3. Connor Shaw stepping up. He is coming off his best game of the year against Tennesseem with 389 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. With Lattimore out, Shaw has to be the "man." Look for Shaw to find his groove early via the air which will open up the ground attack.

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