South Carolina vs. Arkansas Pick, Odds & Point Spread: November 7th 2009
South Carolina is perceived as a pretty strong defensive team, but some disturbing numbers are appearing as the season wears on against the Gamecocks. So. Carolina’s run defense the last four games has allowed 205, 264 (6.9 ypr), 141 and 199 yards rushing. Adding to their struggles is an offense that has scored just 13, 14 and 6 points the last three weeks. Steve Spurrier’s team is wearing down and now they go on the road for a second straight week and play their first game on artificial turf against the SEC’s top dog in yards per play (6.8) and no. 2 total and scoring offense. Arkansas has scored at least 40 points in all four home games and was slowed by only the best in the league. The Razorback’s defense is the SEC’s worst statistically, but go through their conference schedule and you’ll see they have faced the league’s top-tier offenses in Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Ole Miss. Quarterback Ryan Mallett guides the SEC’s top passing attack with nearly 270 passing ypg, over 9.0 ypp attempt and 18/3 TD-INT ratio. South Carolina has the fewest INT’s in the SEC and has allowed the most sacks. Arkansas should go ‘hog wild’ on the ground and through the air in a game they need to have a shot at a bowl berth.