A Few Key Points on Both Teams
-33rd all-time meeting between the two schools
-Tennessee owns a 23-7-2 advantage over the Gamecocks, and a 8-5-2 at Williams-Brice Stadium.
-Tennesse and South Carolina both coming off of losses
-The Vols have zero SEC wins this season (3-5, 0-4).
-TN Scoring Avg. in wins this season: 39 pts.
-TN Scoring Avg. in losses this season: 14.8 pts.
-SC Scoring Avg. in wins this season: 40 pts.
-SC Scoring Avg in losses this season: 30.25 pts.
South Carolina: Seeking a Snap Three Game Losing Streak in SEC Play
-The Gamecocks need two wins to become bowl eligible.
-USC stand at the top of the SEC Eastern Division in passing offense (234.2) and total offense (461.4).
-LB Skai Moore is not expected to be available for Saturday’s game, due to an ankle injury.
-South Carolina’s defense is tied with Vandy in scoring, giving up 32.8 points per game.
-The Gamecocks allowed 550 yards in the Auburn loss. This is the 4th game they’ve allowed more than 445 in a game.
Tennessee looking for its first SEC win of the season
-RB Jalen Hurd has been an elite newby for the Vols this season. Battling the flu last week, Hurd is healthy and will be ready against USC. Butch Jones said Hurd has such a poise and confidence and is eager to soak in knowledge from the field.
-The Vols were among the top five in the nation defensive third down percentage for the first six weeks of the season, limiting opponents to less than 25 percent.
-Tennesse house six seniors, the 2nd fewest next to Temple.
-The Volunteers have the most true freshman in America. With 78 players seeing playing time, 37 have seen action on the field for the first time.
-UT has four players in the SEC’s Top 12 in tackles for loss, and DE Derek Barnett leads in second with 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
I spoke with Rixon Lane of GamecockCereal.com and Rocky Top Insider out of Knoxville, Tenn. on the upcoming game. Take a look.