South Carolina vs. Tennessee preview: coming off of a bye week, Tennessee looks to get back on track.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Tennessee Volunteers visit the South Carolina Gamecocks. The game, to be played at Williams-Brice Stadium, is slated for an 7:15 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN2. Read on for our South Carolina vs. Tennessee preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Tennessee has an 85-percent chance to beat South Carolina. The spread, via Oddshark, has the Volunteers favored as well.
Spread: Tennessee -13.5
Game Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
South Carolina vs. Tennessee preview:
Tennessee is coming off of a much-needed bye week, after back-to-back losses to Texas A&M and Alabama. Next up for the Vols: a trip to South Carolina, which should prove to be a bit more kind than College Station or hosting the Crimson Tide.
Josh Dobbs provides a nice dual-threat at the quarterback position for the Vols, and is especially dangerous when paired with Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara, one of the best backfield duos in college football. The three have 10 touchdowns on the ground this year, while Dobbs has also thrown for 14 scores.
3-4 South Carolina has been a revolving door at the quarterback spot. Three players have thrown at least 26 passes, with young freshman Jake Bentley taking the reins against UMass last Saturday, his first collegiate game. He impressed, completing 17-of-26 throws for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
Tennessee won last year's game against the Gamecocks 27-24, and are riding a three-game winning streak in the series. The Vols lead the all-time series 25-7-2.
South Carolina vs. Tennessee prediction:
Tennessee has had a rough go of it in recent years. While games at Williams-Brice are no cakewalk, the Gamecocks are in a serious rebuild this year. Barring some Jake Bentley magic in his second start, we think Tennessee will take this one fairly comfortably.
Tennessee 31, South Carolina 17