Arkansas has 73% chance to beat South Carolina according to ESPN’s Football Power Index

After taking care of then-No. 23 Cincinnati to open the season last Saturday, Arkansas will quickly have to move on to the next opponent as SEC play begins this week.

South Carolina will pay a visit to Fayetteville this Saturday to begin the SEC slate, which provides another challenge to Arkansas football. Despite welcoming a tough SEC foe, the ESPN Football Power Index still favors Arkansas heavily in the game.

According to the latest FPI, Arkansas has a 73.4% chance to beat South Carolina on Saturday which is higher than the 72.2% chance that ESPN gave Arkansas during the pregame assessment.

The Gamecocks opened their season by defeating Georgia State, 35-14 Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. Oklahoma transfer Spencer Rattler had a disappointing debut for the Gamecocks, as he completed 22-of-36 passes for 218 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions for a quarterback rating of 111.80, which is the lowest in the SEC through week one. He also rushed for -12 yards in South Carolina’s win.

Arkansas is coming off of a hard-hitting affair with Cincinnati. The Razorbacks led Cincinnati 14-0 at halftime but would battle their way to a 31-24 victory. Quarterback KJ Jefferson was 18-of-26 for 223 yards and two touchdowns, while Raheim Sanders tallied 117 yards on 20 carries.

Arkansas faces South Carolina this Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. The game can be seen on ESPN.


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Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire