Tennessee Volunteers (3-4) at South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 27, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -7.5 -- Over/Under:
The Tennessee Volunteers and the South Carolina Gamecocks meet in week 9 SEC college football action from Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday night.
The Tennessee Volunteers will look for a win to get back to .500 this season after falling to 3-4 with a 58-21 loss to Alabama in their last outing. Jarrett Guarantano has thrown for 1,192 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 63% passing while Tim Jordan has rushed for 334 yards and Jeremy Banks and Madre London have each racked up 3 rushing TDs this season. Josh Palmer, Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway each have 300+ receiving yards while Ty Chandler has 3 receiving TDs this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 351.6 yards of total offense and 25.9 points per game this season.
The South Carolina Gamecocks will be out to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their first 6 games this season following a 26-23 loss to Texas A&M in their last outing. Jake Bentley has thrown for 1,151 yards, 10 touchdowns and 7 picks on 60.5% passing this season while Rico Dowdle leads the Gamecocks with 356 rushing yards. Deebo Samuel leads South Carolina with 33 catches for 382 yards and 4 touchdowns while Bryan Edwards has 351 yards and 5 receiving TDs this season. As a team, South Carolina is averaging 405.5 yards of total offense and 28.8 points per game this season.
Tennessee is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 conference games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. South Carolina is 9-4-3 ATS in their last 16 conference games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The underdog is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The underdog has dominated this matchup and I'm liking that trend as I see this being a close game between two teams that are more evenly matched than one would think. The Gamecocks have been solid within the SEC, but I just don't trust the Gamecocks right now, so while I think they win this game at home, I'm predicting it's by a field goal or 4 points so I'll take a stab with Tennessee plus the hook.