Additional SEC televised games that weekend are Alabama at Mississippi State on the other Lincoln Financial telecast (11:30 a.m. Central), Auburn at Georgia on CBS (3:30 p.m. Eastern) and Florida at South Carolina on ESPN (7:45 p.m. Eastern).
VOLS TOUGH IN OVERTIME
Tennessee's 27-24 victory Saturday over South Carolina marked the Vols sixth overtime win against only one loss. And as for the Gamecocks, now 0-2 since the overtime format began in 1996, it might be time to try a new venue.
Both South Carolina losses in extra sessions have come at Neyland Stadium. UT topped the Gamecocks 23-20 in 2003.
Conference foes Arkansas (6-1), LSU (6-3) and Mississippi (6-5) also own six overtime wins, but only Arkansas matches the Vols' .857 winning percentage in the extra frames. Other won-lost records in overtime for SEC schools are: Alabama 3-7, Auburn 3-5, Florida 2-2, Georgia 4-2, Kentucky 2-2, Mississippi State 2-3, South Carolina 0-2 and Vanderbilt 1-4.
Tennessee's overtime wins have come against Florida (20-17) in 1998, Arkansas (41-38) in 2002, South Carolina and Alabama (51-43) in 2003 and LSU (30-27) in 2005. The Arkansas game went six overtimes, while the win over Alabama took five. All other games have been decided in the first overtime, including Tennessee's loss in 2000 to LSU by a 38-31 count.
Nationally, Northwestern stands 8-1 in overtime, Missouri is 8-3 and Texas A&M is 7-4. Schools with six overtime wins are the SEC quartet along with North Carolina State (6-4), Oregon (6-3) and UCLA (6-1). Best perfect records in overtime belong to Army, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan, Nebraska and South Florida, all at 5-0.
Saturday's rally past Carolina kept Tennessee from the dubious distinction of tying its largest lead relinquished in a loss ... UT also led 21-0 at halftime of the 1984 Sun Bowl against Maryland, only to watch the Terrapins storm back for a 28-27 victory ... Ironically, the 2005 Vols trailed LSU 21-0 at the half in the famous Monday night, post-Katrina affair in Baton Rouge ... Just as South Carolina did Saturday night, the Big Orange rallied for a 24-24 regulation tie, won the overtime coin toss, elected to play defense and held the home side to a field goal ... The difference in the two games was Tennessee's 2005 drive for the winning touchdown, and the 2007 Vols defense holding the Gamecocks to two yards on their possession before the missed 40-yard field.