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How and what to watch for Tennessee vs. South Carolina

Tennessee finished last season on a winning streak, while South Carolina struggled to a 4-8 year in 2019.

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The No. 16 Tennessee Volunteers will head to the most-eastern Columbia in the Southeastern Conference to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Tennessee appeared to take a step in the right direction midway through the 2019 season. The Volunteers started 1-4, including losses to BYU and Georgia State to start the year. After hanging with Alabama for the majority of the game, they fell to 2-5 before closing the season on a six-game winning streak. With its high level of recruiting this offseason, the Volunteers appear to be in good shape moving forward with third-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

We’ll see how the coaching carousel comes together in a pandemic year, but South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp would otherwise be on the hottest of hot seats with the Gamecocks. Heading into his fifth season in Columbia, Muschamp finished with a record above .500 just once in SEC play and is coming off a 4-8 season. Regardless, this is a big season for the future of the program.

Tennessee beat South Carolina 41-21 last season in Knoxville.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

Saturday’s game will start at 7:30 p.m. ET at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. This game will appear on SEC Network.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Tennessee (-3) vs. South Carolina
Point Total: O/U 48 (-110)
Money line: Tennessee (-155), South Carolina (+128)

  • Tennessee finished 8-5 straight up last season with a win over Indiana in the Gator Bowl.
  • South Carolina went 4-8 straight up in 2019.
  • Tennessee went 7-6 against the spread last season.
  • South Carolina finished 5-7 against the spread in 2019.

The Best Bet

These are two programs going in opposite directions. While Tennessee might be getting a little overhyped this offseason, it would be more of a surprise if South Carolina makes a major step forward this season than the Volunteers. South Carolina announced the stadium will have the capacity set at 20,000 fans on Saturday night, but we’re still going with the road favorites.

Pick: Tennessee -3

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