USC had been in charge of the SEC East since defeating Georgia back in September. The Gamecocks are in charge no more. Their 44-28 loss at Arkansas Saturday night put the Bulldogs in the driver’s seat to win the division. The Gamecocks have two league losses to Georgia’s one. The Bulldogs need only defeat Auburn and Kentucky the next two weekends to claim the title. USC can still win the division by defeating Florida next weekend coupled with one Georgia loss.
The Arkansas loss also snapped the Gamecocks’ school record six game winning streak on opponents’ home fields. It also denied them their first perfect season away from home in what is considered the “modern era.”
The win was huge for Arkansas. The Razorbacks are 4-1 in the league with their only loss to Alabama. And with LSU defeating Alabama Saturday night, Arkansas still can win the West by winning out, and that would include defeating LSU in Baton Rouge on November 25th.
The Gamecocks played without starting Spur Antonio Allen who had a neck injury. And they lost starting strong safety DeVonte Holloman during the game to a concussion. Quarterback Connor Shaw also suffered a concussion late in the game. Holloman and Shaw will have their status for next week updated later in the week.
This was the first time since 1987 USC had played a game involving two top ten teams. The Gamecocks lost back then to LSU in the Gator Bowl. And it’s the second time this season the Gamecocks have played a game as a top ten team. They are 0-2 in those games.
USC has now lost three straight games to Arkansas and trails in the series 13-7. The loss is also the first for Shaw as the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback. And USC’s streak of not scoring first in a game is now 12 after falling behind 3-0 to Arkansas in the first quarter.
The Gamecocks will close out the season with a three game homestand starting next Saturday against Florida. Kickoff time and TV assignment for that game will be announced Sunday.