Game preview: Tennessee at South Carolina

Check out InsideTennessee's preview of the Vols game with the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia. Be sure to come to IT for all the latest from Williams-Brice Stadium.


KICKOFF: Saturday, 7:00 p.m. EST
GAMEDATE: 10/27/12
SITE: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.
SURFACE: Grass
TV: ESPN
SERIES: 49-22-6-2, Tennessee leads
RECORDS:Tennessee 3-4, 0-4 SEC, South Carolina 6-2, 4-2 SEC

FAST FACTS:

— The Vols are averaging 168.4 yards rushing per game. That is a 78.3 yard increase over last season.

— Since 2004, no SEC matchup has had a closer margin of victory than Tennessee South Carolina at 9.17.

— Tennessee has only allowed three sacks this season, the best in the SEC and second nationally.

— Sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has 7.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in 2012.

— The Gamecocks lead the SEC with 29 sacks this season.

— Quarterback Connor Shaw is the Gamecocks second leading rusher with 278 yards and one touchdown.

2012 STAT LEADERS:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (3-4)

Tyler Bray — 144-244, 1914 yds., 16 TD/9 INT

Rajion Neal — 112 att., 500 yds., 5 TD

Justin Hunter — 39 catches, 567 yds., 4 TD

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (6-2)

Connor Shaw — 84-128, 982 yds., 9 TD/4 INT

Marcus Lattimore — 132 att., 597 yds., 10 TD

Marcus Lattimore — 24 catches, 165 yds., 3 TD

WHAT A WIN MEANS:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (3-4)

A win for Tennessee would give them a springboard into the November schedule and a chance at 8-4 on the season. A win would also give Derek Dooley his first over a ranked team and could potentially save his job.

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (6-2)

The Gamecocks need a win after suffering big losses against SEC opponents Florida and LSU the last two weeks. This game could get them back on track and potentially back into the top 15.


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