Thursday, November 01, 2007

Oh ARK-Kansas...

As usual we here at LOHD like to throw out some thoughts before we unveil the 5 keys to a Carolina win that we provide before every game. So here are some thoughts on the upcoming game versus Arkansas, which will not be a push over because they are not a easy win like playing Vandy is....wait, we lost to Vandy. Geez, heartburn is back. Anyway, the Gamecocks have to rebound because let's be honest we are some how mathematically involved in the hunt for the SEC East and what it boils down to is winning. I know, the 23rd-ranked South Carolina team has lost two straight...both have been heartbreakers but we are Carolina fans right....our history proves we are tough and faithful fans.

What we have is the Gamecocks vs. the Razorbacks on ESPN2 on Saturday at 8pm and both teams are in need of a "win." Arkansas leads the all-time series 9-6. SC has dropped 8 spots in the Top 25 and we need to stop this elevator ride. I will not go too deep in this b/c ESPN has a nice Preview HERE of the upcoming game.

Looking at Arkansas shows that USC has work to do. Arkansas is first in the SEC in tackles for loss, averaging 7.25 a game. The Razorbacks also lead the league in scoring (40.25 points), total offense (450.88 yards) and rushing (287.6 yards). Arkansas is allowing 19.75 points a game, slightly more than USC (17.78).

Despite what Dead Guy says here with his prediction of Arkansas winning (even with his research), I feel the Gamecocks will pull out a victory.

What it comes down to is stopping the run (period). South Carolina is shaky with their run defense at times giving up 169.2 ypg (10th in SEC) and running the ball, as we all know, is what Arkansas does best with 287.6 ypg. As mentioned just the other day on this blog, USC has to stop or at least slow down the run game of Arkansas. Barney and Fred must be stopped.....I mean McFad and Jones lead the SEC in running - 124.1 and 107.9 ypg respectively - and can not be allowed to run with ease. Last year, it was the coming out party for RB Darrin McFadden against USC - he put up 219 yds and 2 TDs. That can not happen again this year, if it does then game over and welcome to a 3 game losing streak.

Thoughts? Prediction of the score? Who do you think will win?

2 comments:

1 life to live said...

I like our chances against Arkansas, as long was we can slow down Jones on the Kickoffs and keep McFadden from running free. Monk returning is big for the Hogs but I feel the Gamecock secondary should put a strong hold on there passing game.

carolina 28
Arkansas 17

Anonymous said...

THE DEFENSE IS JUST FINE AS WITH EVERY OTHER GAME THIS SEASON COMMANDER CLUCK NEEDS TO SCORE SOME DAMN POINTS BELIEVE IT OR NOT THE SCOREBOARDS CAN DISPLAY MORE THAN 30 POINTS EVEN THOUGH THE CAROLINA PORTION OF USUCKS SCOREBOARD HASN'T NEEDED TO THIS SEASON SINCE IT TAKES 8 DAMN GAMES TO FIGURE OUT WHO OUR STARTING QUARTERBACK IS YOU'RE RIGHT COACH YOU CANT FUCKIN TRADE EM BUT YOU CAN WORK WITH WHAT YA GOT AND NOT TRY SOME EVIL GENIUS HEAD GAMES MAYBE WE CAN CROSS THE 50 BECAUSE WE SURE AS FUCK DIDNT AGAINST VANDY IN THE MOST HUMILIATING LOSS IVE EVER SEEN YES EVEN MORE SO THAN 63-17 LOUSER BALL HOW MANY 3 AND OUTS DID THE DEFENSE CREATE AGAINST 10RC GOOD LORD MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN GIVE CORY 100 TOUCHES LET SMELLEY GO READ TO SOME BLIND CHILDREN BECAUSE BILLY IS PROBABLY A BETTER QUARTERBACK I HEARD HE OUTRAN LJ AND LEE LOVE THE PICK SMELLEYCOCK THREW OFF HIS BACK FOOT WHILE FALLING BACKWARDS BY THE WAY HEY SUCCOP DONT MIND YOU MISSING THE GAME TIEING FIELD GOAL BUT I DO HAVE ISSUE WITH YOUR DISTANCE IN KICKOFFS I KNOW THE TEE HAS BEEN MOVED FARTHER BACK AND ANGLED DIFFERENTLY BUT WORK ON YER DISTANCE BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY OUR RETURN COVERAGE IS IMPOTENT EXCEPT FOR AN OCCASIONAL CODY WELLS SPEARING AND YOU GOT A LONG WAY TO GO IN THE LOU GROZA AWARD WINNING BIDNESS. LONG WAY. FUCK IT.
-DEV.