FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Travis Swanson has seen what it’s like when a team loses its confidence.
He has seen it up close and personal, most notably last year when Arkansas’ season collapsed under the wake of fallout from the Bobby Petrino scandal.
In fact, the Razorbacks center refuses to believe this is one of those seasons.
Arkansas will have its next chance to prove Swanson correct when it plays host to No. 14 South Carolina (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) today.
The Razorbacks (3-3, 0-2) enter on a three-game losing streak.
But they are eager to show this isn’t the same team as last year, when Arkansas finished 4-8.
“I think the attitude of the team overall is good,” Swanson said. “That’s something that you can really tell. It’s so different than last year; everyone has a good outlook on each week.”
First-year Arkansas coach Bret Bielema appeared to have his new team on the right path through the first three weeks. However, the Razorbacks have since lost to Rutgers, Texas A&M and Florida, leaving Bielema one loss short of matching his longest losing streak as a head coach.
With games left against South Carolina, Alabama and Louisiana State, Arkansas’ chances of reaching a bowl game have taken a serious hit.
Just don’t expect the Razorbacks, who senior fullback Kiero Small said have “seen it all” after last season, to look at it that way.
South Carolina All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney practiced two days in a row this week and is
expected to return and start today’s game.
Clowney caused a bit of a stir while missing last week’s win over Kentucky with a strained muscle near his ribcage.