Gameday Guide: USC-Arkansas details, injuries, depth chart, more

GoGamecocks staff and wire reportsOctober 10, 2013 

... Who: USC (4-1, 2-1 SEC) vs. Arkansas (3-3, 0-2)

... Where: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.

... When: Saturday, 12:21 p.m.

... TV: SEC Network with Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Cara Capuano (The SEC TV package is picked up in South Carolina by WOLO in Columbia, WMMP in Charleston, WSPA in Greenville/Spartanburg and WWMB in Myrtle Beach/Florence)

... Radio: WNKT-FM 107.5 with Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Langston Moore

... Satellite Radio: Sirius 136/XM 201

... Line: USC by 6

... The uniform report: The Gamecocks will wear white tops and garnet pants

... Weather outlook: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.

INJURY REPORT

... South Carolina - Out: TB Brandon Wilds (elbow), WR Shaq Roland (suspension). Doubtful: C Cody Waldrop (ankle). Questionable: DE Jadeveon Clowney (rib). Probable: LB Kaiwan Lewis (leg infection), CB Victor Hampton (leg).

... Arkansas - Questionable: C Travis Swanson (knee)

WHAT'S AT STAKE

South Carolina has done what it needs to remain a part of the Southeastern Conference championship discussion following a 41-30 loss at Georgia on Sept. 7, winning three straight games — including a pair of SEC contests. The Gamecocks, however, begin a three-game road trip on Saturday, beginning at Arkansas before traveling to Tennessee and Missouri. Arkansas has lost three straight and is in jeopardy of missing a bowl game for a second straight season.

KEY MATCHUP

Arkansas secondary vs. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw. The Razorbacks have struggled in the secondary at times this season, particularly during their three-game losing streak. Their test became even more difficult this week when starting CB Will Hines suffered a broken arm in last week's loss to Florida. Shaw was 17-of-20 passing for 262 yards against Kentucky last week.

JUST THE FACTS

A USC win over Arkansas would ...

... Be the first for the Gamecocks in Arkansas since the 2005 season, Coach Spurrier’s first season here. USC has lost on its last three trips to Fayetteville.

... Give the Gamecocks back-to-back wins over the Razorbacks for the third time, last done since 2004-05. The only time USC topped Arkansas in back-to-back games was 1996-97.

... Be Connor Shaw’s 22nd win as a starting quarterback. Only Todd Ellis (24) owns more W’s as a USC QB.

... Keep the Gamecocks in the mix for the SEC Eastern Division title with just one conference loss.

RAZORBACKS TO WATCH

DE CHRIS SMITH: The 6-3, 268-pound senior has 16 tackles — eight for loss — to go with six sacks, five quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.

RB ALEX COLLINS: The 5-11, 206-pound freshman has rushed for 651 yards and three touchdowns to lead a high-powered ground attack.

QB BRANDON ALLEN: The 6-3, 210-pound sophomore has completed 60-of-121 passes for 834 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

S ERIC BENNETT: The 6-0, 200-pound senior three-year starter leads the team with 19 solo tackles, and he has 35 overall to go with three pass breakups.

VIDEO: GAME PREVIEW

USC DEPTH CHART

DEPTH CHART – ARKANSAS
OFFENSE
WR – BYRD (Jeffery, Fuller)
WR – ELLINGTON (P. Cooper, Brent)
WR – JONES (K. Smith, Whitehurst)
LT – ROBINSON (Zandi)
LG – CANN (B. Stadnik)
C – C. STADNIK (Knott)
RG – PATRICK (Rodgers)
RT – SHELL (Gibson)
TE – ANDERSON (Adams, Zandi)
QB – SHAW (Thompson, Nosovitch)
FB – MCLAURIN (Diaz)
TB – DAVIS (Carson, Da. Williams)

DEFENSE
DE – SUTTON (Dixon, Harris)
DT – SURRATT (Dixon Jr., Green)
DT – QUARLES (Dukes, Griffin)
DE – CLOWNEY (English)
MLB – LEWIS OR HOLLOMAN (Walton)
WLB – ROBERTS (Moore, C. Cooper)
SPUR – GOLIGHTLY (Diggs, Bryant)
CB – HAMPTON (Christian)
SS – MARCUS (Gurley)
FS – B. WILLIAMS (Elder)
CB – LEGREE (J. Smith, McWilliams)

SPECIAL TEAMS
KO – ARD (Fry)
PK – FRY (Ard)
P – HULL (Fish)
KR – ELLINGTON (P. Cooper)
PR – HAMPTON (P. Cooper)
SSN – CULBERTSON
LSN – DR. WILLIAMS
H – FISH (Nosovitch)

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