The South Carolina Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 SEC) will try and continue their push up the polls Saturday (12 PM on MSG) when they visit the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-3, 0-2 SEC), who will be looking for their first SEC win.
The Gamecocks suffered their only loss against SEC rival, Georgia, while the Razorbacks’ three losses have come against some of college football’s biggest programs, including Texas A&M and Florida within the SEC and Rutgers in an out-of-conference game.
Although South Carolina has been the more dominant team this year, Arkansas is 5-1 against South Carolina in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The last time the Gamecocks came to play at Arkansas (2011) both teams were ranked in the Top-10 as Arkansas, ranked No. 7 defeated No. 9 South Carolina 44-28.
Leading into this SEC matchup, the headlines have been all about South Carolina defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney, who is questionable for the game. Clowney, one of the preseason favorites for the Heisman Trophy, has played very little of the season at the high level he displayed last season because of injuries.
There has been widespread speculation that Clowney has been sitting out to protect himself as he prepares to make himself eligible for the NFL Draft in April.
“If Clowney wants to play, we will welcome him to come play," Coach Steve Spurrier told the Associated Press. "But if he doesn't want to play, he doesn't have to play. Simple as that."
Clowney remains a question mark for Saturday’s contest and could be a game-time decision once again.
"We will have to wait through the week to see if he will be able to play," Spurrier added. "Obviously, he doesn't have a broken leg or anything that would keep him out two-to-three weeks, but if he has a muscle strain around the rib area, we will have to see how long it keeps him out."
Meanwhile, Arkansas will play its third straight Top-20 team and next week things won’t get easier for the Razorbacks, when they will go against No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide.
“We have played six complete ball games,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema told CBS Sports. “It's not like we were taking our gas off the pedal in the games we won. The kids have been involved in six games of high intensity. They're competing to the end.”
In other college football action on MSG Networks, the Kansas Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) visit the TCU Horned Frogs (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) at Amon Carter Stadium on Saturday (12PM on MSG+). Both schools will be looking for their first Big 12 Conference win of the season.
Playing one of the NCAA’s toughest schedules has the heavily favored Horned Frogs ready to take care of business vs. Kansas. They lost on the road to LSU and Texas Tech each by 10 points and to Oklahoma, in a tight contest, 20-17.
After the early games end on Saturday (3:30PM on MSG+), the Syracuse Orangemen (2-3, 0-1 ACC) head south to North Carolina State to play the Wolfpack (3-2, 0-2 ACC) in an ACC Conference battle.
Both teams are coming off losses. Syracuse lost to No. 3 ranked Clemson 49-14, while North Carolina State lost last week to Wake Forest. As a means of comparison, the Wolfpack also lost to Clemson in their third game of the season, however the game was a much closer contest, as N.C. State lost 26-14.