3. Turnover issues for South Carolina
Despite intercepting lots of passes, South Carolina is minus-seven on the year in the turnover margin, which is No. 117 in the nation. You could point out that they have only recovered five fumbles, but that means they have forced 16 turnovers on the year, which is No. 43 nationally.
The problem is this team is absolutely horrendous at taking care of the ball. South Carolina has lost 23 turnovers this season, which has them down at No. 129. They lose them in every way, as they have thrown 11 interceptions and lost 12 fumbles, and it usually comes down to Spencer Rattler not taking care of the ball in either way.
Unlucky for them, the Vols’ ability to not throw interceptions is part of a larger ability they have at taking care of the ball and winning the turnover battles. Josh Heupel’s teams are plus-nine on the year in turnover margin, good for No. 8 in the nation. They have lost 10 turnovers overall, which puts them at No. 16.
Now, their seven fumbles lost has them at No. 70, but as we have shown, South Carolina doesn’t recover fumbles they way they intercept passes. Simply put, Tennessee football has a huge advantage here, and to have a chance, South Carolina somehow has to flip the script.