SEC Football Preview: Tennessee at South Carolina

South Carolina-Tennessee Preview

Tennessee visits South Carolina on Saturday in Columbia. previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results


Date Visitor Pts Home Pts
Sept. 26 Tennessee South Carolina
Oct. 3 Missouri Tennessee
Oct. 10 Tennessee Georgia
Oct. 17 Kentucky Tennessee
Oct. 24 Alabama Tennessee
Nov. 7 Tennessee Arkansas
Nov. 14 Texas A&M Tennessee
Nov. 21 Tennessee Auburn
Nov. 28 Tennessee Vanderbilt
Dec. 5 Florida Tennessee

South Carolina

Date Visitor Pts Home Pts
Sept. 26 Tennessee South Carolina
Oct. 3 South Carolina Florida
Oct. 10 South Carolina Vanderbilt
Oct. 17 Auburn South Carolina
Oct. 26 South Carolina LSU
Nov. 7 Texas A&M South Carolina
Nov. 14 South Carolina Ole Miss
Nov. 21 Missouri South Carolina
Nov. 28 Georgia South Carolina
Dec. 5 South Carolina Kentucky

College Football Ratings

Rating Tennessee South Carolina
ESPN FPI 36 39
Sagarin 32 41
Massey Composite 21 34
PiRate Ratings 23 26

Key Stats (2019)

Stat Tennessee South Carolina
Points 24.2 25.3
Points Allowed 21.7 19.4
Total YDS 365.5 374.3
Pass YDS 179.5 194.0
Rush YDS 144.15 151.67
Total YDS Allowed 334.5 312.0
Pass YDS Allowed 194.0 179.3
Rush YDS Allowed 140.46 132.75
Turnover margin -0.08 0.08
3rd Down Conv. 43.18 36.46
3rd Down Conv. DEF 39.34 33.15

Players to Watch


CB Shawn Shamburger, QB Jarrett Guarantano, K Brent Cimaglia, LB Henry To’o To’o, WR WR Ramel Keyton.

South Carolina

CB Israel Mukuamu, QB Ryan Hilinski, DL Aaron Sterling, OL Sadarius Hutcherson, CB Jaycee Horn, LB Ernest Jones.



Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/23/20 WR Dee Beckwith Ankle is OUT Saturday vs South Carolina
09/23/20 RB Len’Neth Whitehead Foot is out indefinitely
09/17/20 TE Austin Pope Back is out indefinitely
09/07/20 QB Brian Maurer Hamstring is “?” Saturday vs. South Carolina
09/03/20 WR Deangelo Gibbs Academics is out for season

South Carolina

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/22/20 WR Jalen Brooks Eligibility is out indefinitely
09/18/20 RB Zaquandre White Hamstring is “?” Saturday vs Tennessee U
09/17/20 QB Collin Hill None has been named the starter
09/04/20 OL Mark Fox Personal is out for season
09/04/20 OL Jordan Rhodes Personal is out for season
09/03/20 WR OrTre Smith Personal is out for season
09/03/20 WR Randrecous Davis Personal is out for season



Last year South Carolina relied on a freshman to run the offense. This year a graduate transfer will be running things and a new offense has been installed. I think in last year’s game with Tennessee, a 2-point loss, the Gamecocks were just beaten up after having played Georgia (a win) and Florida back-to-back. One thing that could be a factor in this game is that Tracy Rocker who was an assistant last season at Tennessee is now on the Gamecock staff.

However, I picked Tennessee to win this in my preseason pick and I still think Tennessee with all their returning experience should be able to pull off this road win. Williams-Brice is normally a tough road venue but with the crowd much smaller (15,000) and more spread out the home field advantage should be less of a factor.

Our Preseason Prediction

Tennessee 24, South Carolina 17

Game Week Prediction

Tennessee 27, South Carolina 24

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). Watch on the SEC Network.

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