How to watch South Carolina vs. Arkansas: Preview, TV schedule, odds and more

Streeter Lecka

Is South Carolina on upset alert?

Arkansas comes into this one having lost three straight, having lost nearly all the momentum from their 3-0 start. They'll be looking to right the ship, and fast. Unfortunately, the task before them is yet another tall one -- No. 14 South Carolina will be the visitors in Fayetteville this weekend.

To make matters worse, they should be pretty healthy, too. A week after suffering a shoulder sprain, Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw looked a full go against Kentucky, throwing for 262 yards and a touchdown on 17 of 20 passing. The Razorbacks have a fairly middle of the pack passing defense, but a healthy Shaw won't exactly work to their advantage.

South Carolina had more trouble than anticipated with 1-4 Kentucky last weekend -- the Wildcats rallied from a 27-7 deficit to close to one score with 11:50 to go in the fourth quarter, and were it not for a Connor Shaw touchdown run and conversion to provide some cushion, could very well have lost. A loss against this Razorbacks team is very possible if they are not careful.

The numbers

Rankings and records: Arkansas leads the series between these two teams 13-8, although the Gamecocks took a 38-20 victory last season. South Carolina enters ranked 14th in the country.

Vegas: South Carolina is a six-point favorite, and the over/under is 51 points.

Weather: It could get ugly. There's a 40 percent chance of rain in Fayetteville this weekend, with scattered thunderstorms in the forecast.

Three names to know

Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina defensive end) -- Though he figures to be a very popular mention -- and possibly a tired one -- on Saturday, there is no denying that Clowney is a key. The uber-talented defensive end sat out last week's game against Kentucky with a rib strain, which he felt made him too sore to play. It didn't endear him to head coach Steve Spurrier, however, who was less than happy when asked about Clowney's level of commitment after the game. South Carolina has shown that they can win with a less than effective Clowney, but either way, expect his availability to be a storyline all game long.

Kelcy Quarles (South Carolina defensive tackle) -- With Clowney out of commission and largely neutralized this year, the 6'4, 298 pound junior has stepped up in his place. He -- not Clowney -- is the team leader in sacks with four, and in tackles for loss, as well.

Alex Collins (Arkansas running back) -- Here's a good trivia question: who leads the SEC in rushing yards at this point in the season? Surprisingly, the answer is not T.J. Yeldon, Todd Gurley or any one of the conference's future NFL starters. It's Collins, who sits atop the leaderboard with 651 yards and three touchdowns on a 5.76 yards per carry average. He saw a stiff Florida defense last weekend and found very limited success -- can he do better against the Gamecocks, who are 34th in the country against the run?

Two things at stake

With a loss to Georgia, South Carolina already trails the Bulldogs in the SEC East race -- not to mention Florida and Missouri, as well. Another loss would be a crippling blow for their chances of reaching Atlanta and the SEC Championship game.

Arkansas is looking for their first conference win, although it's hard to blame them for being 0-2 at this point. Bret Bielema has had his hands full the last two weeks with No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 18 Florida, a stretch that would be bad enough on its own. Unfortunately, that's only the half of it. After this one is a visit to No. 1 Alabama, meaning it could be another month before Arkansas wins its first SEC game. Not exactly what the Razorbacks were hoping for when they entered the season.

How to witness

TV: 12:21 p.m. ET (9:21 a.m. PT) SEC TV

Radio: South Carolina football radio affiliatesArkansas football radio affiliates

Online streaming: ESPN3

Further reading

Head on over to the Garnet and Black Attack for more on South Carolina, and to Arkansas Fight if you need more Razorbacks coverage.

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