South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Tennessee Volunteers
The Tennessee Volunteers and the South Carolina Gamecocks face off in Saturday in Columbia in a battle of SEC teams looking to end losing streaks. The Gamecocks are -14 point favorites over the Volunteers.
The South Carolina Gamecocks were ranked in the top 10 and undefeated just two weeks back but now after back to back road losses to LSU and Florida they are looking to regain their footing. QB Connor Shaw didn’t make it out on the field for the second half at Florida last week as he was already battered and struggling fumbling on the game’s first play and not having an arm that could test the Florida secondary but backup Dylan Thompson spent most of his time on running for his life something neither QB can afford to do this week. Marcus Lattimore didn’t look 100 percent but for the season he is averaging 4.5 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns and he has 24 catches. Ace Sanders has 19 catches with four touchdowns, Bruce Ellington has 17 catches and two touchdowns, and Damiere Byrd has just 12 catches and two touchdowns. As much as the offense for South Carolina has struggled the defense has been impressive allowing 16.2 points per game, 106.2 rushing yards, and 175.9 passing yards with nine interceptions and 29 sacks. Shaq Wilson has 50 tackles, one sack, and two interceptions, Jadeveon Clowney has 7.5 sacks, and Chazz Sutton has four sacks. South Carolina’s two losses were to two of the best teams in the nation and on the road but this is a must win to get the positive momentum going once again.
The Tennessee Volunteers have lost three games in a row and even though they were all to strong teams the Vols’ season is getting away from them. QB Tyler Bray has completed 59 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Rajeon Neal missed last week’s game against Alabama but he is leading Tennessee with 4.5 yards per carry with five touchdowns, Marlon Lane is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, and Devrin Young is averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Justin Hunter has 39 catches and four touchdowns, Cardarelle Patterson has 24 catches and three touchdowns, and Zach Rodgers has 17 catches. Defensively Tennessee is allowing 33.3 points per game, 186.6 rushing yards, and 258.9 passing yards nine interceptions and 10 sacks. A.J. Johnson has 51 tackles, Byron Moore has 53 tackles and four interceptions, and Darrington Sentimore has four sacks. Tennessee seems to play hard for one half but they haven’t played well for a full four quarters.
South Carolina is 6-0 against the spread in their last six home games, 5-0 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five SEC games. Tennessee is 2-6 against the spread following a loss, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games overall, and 1-8-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The favorite has covered in five of the last six meetings of these two.
Two touchdowns seem to be a lot for this game but if Lattimore and Shaw are good to go here look for the Gamecocks to get the cover late
South Carolina Gamecocks -14 Tennessee Volunteers