Coming off a 66-24 win over the Missouri Tigers and still firmly in the College Football Playoff race, Tennessee football has its first of two SEC East games on the road to close out its regular season. The Vols visit the South Carolina Gamecocks Saturday night.
Ranked No. 5 across the board, UT plays its first game with no shot at winning the SEC East. The Georgia Bulldogs, who dominated Rocky Top 27-13 two weeks ago, clinched it last week with a win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Having clinched a bowl game for their second straight year under Shane Beamer, South Carolina closes out the season with two straight games against one-loss top 10 teams. They come into this one after losing 38-6 to the Florida Gators last week. Here is all the information you need for Tennessee football’s matchup.
- TV: ESPN
- Live stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: Vol Network (Click here for affiliates); Gamecock Sports Network (Click here for affiliates)
- Satellite: Sirius XM (Ch. 113 or 192)
- Listen online: UTSports; GamecocksOnline
Gambling odds according to WynnBET
- Line: Tennessee -22.5
- Over/Under: 66.5
- Moneyline: Tennessee -2320; South Carolina +1025
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
This is a series that was decided by just one score every year from 2012 to 2018. The Vols haven’t won at South Carolina by more than one score since 2004, but that also happens to be the last time they beat Florida and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the same season.
Last year, UT jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead en route to a 45-20 win in this game. They have won three straight in the series. Despite reaching the top 25 with a 5-2 start, South Carolina has lost two of three, as they also fell to the Missouri Tigers while having to survive the Vanderbilt Commodores in between.
In spite of the issues, an upset win Saturday night against the Vols would be a huge boost for this program and prove that it is one on the rise under Beamer. It would also clinch a second straight winning season, which they failed to achieve the last two years under Will Muschamp.
After this game, both teams face their in-state rivals in matchups with huge gaps. Tennessee football closes out the regular season with a trip to the Vanderbilt Commodores. South Carolina, meanwhile, has to visit the Clemson Tigers, who enter today still line the playoff hunt at 9-1 and ranked No. 9 across the board.