Tennessee and South Carolina will square off in an SEC East matchup at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 14.
The Vols (3-2 overall, 0-2 in SEC) lost last Saturday, 41-0, against Georgia. They don’t play this week. South Carolina (3-2, 1-2) lost at Texas A&M last week and play Arkansas at home this week.
Tennessee-South Carolina, Week 7 date, game time
When: Saturday, Oct. 14
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: ESPN2 or ESPN
Tennessee-South Carolina series history
The game between the Vols and Gamecocks will be their 36th meeting.
Despite the heavy lean in favor of Tennessee, the two teams have split their past 10 matchups. South Carolina won last season in Columbia, 24-21. Tennessee won the three previous contests: 27-24, 45-42 and 23-21. Prior to that three-game run, the Gamecocks won three straight: 38-35, 14-3 and 38-24.
In last season’s matchup, Jake Bentley threw a pair of TD passes to lead South Carolina to the upset win. After starting the season 5-0, the Vols dropped to 5-3 with their third consecutive loss of the season. Josh Dobbs struggled against the Gamecocks, completing 12-of-26 passes for 161 yards with a TD pass, 2 interceptions and a lost fumble. He also managed just 27 rushing yards.
Making his second career start as a freshman, Bentley was efficient, hitting 15-of-20 passes for 167 yards and 2 TDs.
John Kelly led the Vols with 94 rushing yards.
Things were even tighter in 2015 when Tennessee escaped with a 27-24 victory. The Vols built a 17-0 first half lead, but South Carolina tied the game, 24-24, near the end of the third quarter. After an Aaron Medley field goal in the fourth quarter put UT on top, 27-24, South Carolina was driving. But with less than 1 minute to play, the Gamecocks fumbled the ball after a 25-yard catch and run. The Vols recovered at their own 13 and ran out the clock for the win.
Butch Jones is in his fifth season at Tennessee. The Vols have gone 9-4 the past two seasons after going 5-7 and 7-6 in his first two seasons. Tennessee is 14-20 in conference play since Jones took over the program. They were 5-7 and 1-7 in the SEC in both of the two seasons prior to Jones’ arrival with Derek Dooley as head coach.
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