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Game Preview - Razorbacks underdogs vs Gamecocks at Arkansas

South Carolina Gamecocks Arkansas Razorbacks

Supposed Heisman contender Jadeveon Clowney spent last Saturday on the bench with sore ribs.

South Carolina beat Kentucky anyway, but couldn’t cover as favorites of 21 points. So the drama level is rising in Columbia as the 4-1 Gamecocks get ready for an SEC road game at Arkansas Saturday afternoon (12:21 pm ET, ESPN3).

As of early this week, with Clowney's status still uncertain, South Carolina was favored by six points over the Razorbacks, who after a 3-0 start under new head coach Bret Bielema have lost their last three games.

View South Carolina Gamecocks vs Arkansas Razorbacks Odds and Stats.

The home team opened as 7-point underdogs in this NCAA football betting battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 82-rated Razorbacks and the No. 46-rated Gamecocks in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 29-27 win for the Gamecocks on Saturday.

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In their last action, South Carolina was a 35-28 winner at home against Kentucky. They failed to cover the 21.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (63) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Arkansas was hammered in its last outing, as Florida ran up a 30-10 score against them at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Arkansas's No. 87-ranked offense, averaging 26 PPG, against a Gamecocks defense that ranks No. 61 this week at 25.8 PPG. The Razorbacks aerial game is averaging 175.33 yards per game, less than the Gamecocks secondary allows through the air, 237.2 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Gamecocks feature the league's No. 11-rated road run defense, allowing 84.5 yards per game. Arkansas, meanwhile, ranks No. 22 in rushing offense at home.

A few Gamecocks at Razorbacks trends to consider:
Arkansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Arkansas is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
South Carolina at Tennessee, Saturday, October 19th
Arkansas at Alabama, Saturday, October 19th