Defensive players out in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Greetings from Hog country.

It's a beautiful day here in Fayetteville and the fans are starting to pile into Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The players are out on the field for warmups. Contrary to rumors floating around Dickson Street, Arkansas did not come out in black uniforms, yet.

The weather is a bit nippy over here, so people are bundled up in the stands. From what I've been told, once the sun goes down in Arkansas it gets mighty cold.

Both teams enter the game as two of the most criticized 7-1 teams out there. Arkansas has had to hear about its slow starts for weeks, while South Carolina's slow offense has been put on blast.

Arkansas is also hearing a lot of negativity surrounding its defense. The Razorbacks enter the game ranking seventh or worse in every defensive category in the SEC. And it appears as if the Razorbacks will again be without one of their top defenders tonight.

Defensive end Tenarius Wright is still out with a broken arm. He's closer to healing, but Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said this week he still isn't game-ready.

One player who could be game-ready is wide receiver Greg Childs. Childs was held out of the Vanderbilt game with a tweaked knee, but he is down here running around and warming up with the wide receivers.

As for South Carolina, it looks like spur Antonio Allen is out for today's game. He suffered a neck injury during practice this week and wasn't warming up before the game. Allen leads South Carolina with 62 tackles and has 6.5 tackles for loss. He also has six takeaways on the season for the Gamecocks.