COLUMBIA, S.C. — Arkansas will head to Columbia for its first true road game of the season and the start of a two-game SEC road trip Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on the SEC Network with Dave Neal (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst) and Dawn Davenport (reporter) on the call.
Following the South Carolina game, Arkansas will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama. It will be the fourth time in the last three seasons the Hogs have played SEC road games in back-to-back weeks.
Here’s 10 things to know heading into Saturday:
1. The Razorbacks will be seeking their fourth win in their last five meetings against SEC Eastern Division opponents. Arkansas is also 4-3 in SEC road games the last two seasons.
2. Arkansas leads the series with South Carolina by a 13-9 margin, dating back to the first meeting in 1992. Saturday’s game will be the first between the two schools since 2013 and the first in Columbia since 2012. The Hogs and Gamecocks’ first-ever meeting in 1992 in Columbia marked the inaugural SEC season for both programs. Arkansas won 45-7 for its first SEC win and its largest margin of victory in the series.
3. Arkansas is tied for the SEC lead and ninth in the FBS in red-zone touchdown percentage (83.3%). In the past two games, the Hogs have scored a touchdown in the red zone in nine of their last 10 trips. Arkansas’ 15 total red-zone touchdowns are tied for the second most in the SEC in 2017.
4. Last Saturday, Arkansas posted 400+ yards of total offense for the second straight game and third time in four games this season, totaling 494 (264 passing and 230 rushing). Since 2000, the Hogs have totaled 400+ yards an SEC-best 112 times. Arkansas has had 33 such games under Bret Bielema, including 23 since 2015 to rank second in the conference during that span.
5. Arkansas has scored 40+ points in each of the last two games and in three of four games this season. The Razorbacks are one of 12 FBS teams and two SEC teams to score 40+ points in 75 percent of their games this season. Since 2015, Arkansas has topped the 40-point plateau 13 times, good for second-most in the SEC. Arkansas is 11-2 in such games during that span.
6. The Razorbacks are one of six SEC teams that have rushed for 200+ yards three or more times and one of just three to both rush and pass for 200+ yards in the same game twice this season.
7. Sophomore defensive lineman McTelvin Agim has recorded at least one-half tackle for loss in seven consecutive games (6.0 total), dating back to last season, the longest active streak in the SEC. Henre’ Toliver is allowing the second-fewest yards per completion in his coverage (6.3) among SEC cornerbacks who’ve played at least 50 percent of their team’s snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, this season.
8. Junior wide receiver Jonathan Nance is tied for the SEC lead in touchdown receptions (4) through four games played this season. Nance’s two touchdowns against New Mexico State last week extended his streak of games with a receiving touchdown to three, the longest active streak in the SEC. Three of his four touchdowns this season have been over 30 yards (49, 44 and 31 yards).
9. Since the start of the 2016 season, Austin Allen has thrown multiple TD passes in 11 games, which is the active lead in the SEC. His 3-touchdown effort against New Mexico State was the fifth of his career, good for the fifth-most in school history in the SEC era. Allen’s nine straight games with a touchdown pass is the longest active streak in the SEC.
10. After being named the highest-graded center a year ago by Pro Football Focus, senior Frank Ragnow boasts the top grade once again at 93.6 overall through five weeks. Ragnow will make his 31st consecutive start on the offensive line against South Carolina on Saturday. Dating back to 2015, Ragnow’s stretch of 30 consecutive starts (16 at center and 14 at right guard) is the longest active streak on the team).