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GETTING COCKY: Tennessee at South Carolina (Staff Predictions)

By: The All Vol Call in Show Staff


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It's hard to believe the season is almost over, but what a season it has been for the Tennessee Volunteers. A win over South Carolina for the Vols would give Tennessee its first 10-win regular season since 2003. A win over the Gamecocks all but guarantees an 11-win season for the Vols. With Vanderbilt as the only remaining team on the schedule following the matchup with South Carolina, Tennessee will look to take care of business in Williams-Bryce Stadium and fight for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

John Dunn

Founder, Host, Managing Editor

If there is one coach in the SEC that I absolutely just cannot stand, it's Shane Beamer. I was a fan of Frank (his legendary father), but just can't like Shane. That being said, I believe I would like him much less if he were a threat, so I suppose there is hope. The Gamecocks have no shot in this game. This is the same South Carolina team that fell to Missouri by three possessions.

The only hope the Gamecocks have is to pray for a miracle. The South Carolina offense is absolutely anemic, led by former "Heisman dark horse" Spencer Rattler. The Gamecocks defense has a few playmakers, but basically everyone on the Tennessee offense is a playmaker, and will outman, and outgun, the South Carolina defense. This one will get ugly.

Prediction: Tennessee - 55 | South Carolina - 21

Dallas Bowlin

Senior Staff Writer

Shane Beamer is going to do everything he can legally do under the rules of the game to keep this one close. From going for crazy fourth downs to onside kicks, he knows how big of a game this is for Tennessee and will do anything in his power to ruin it for the Vols. Look for more national media members to cry online and on television as Coach Heupel and Hendon Hooker run up the score -- again.

Prediction: Tennessee - 69 | South Carolina - 20

William Allen

Senior Staff Writer

South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer, a Virginia Tech alumnus, remembers seeing Hendon Hooker on a recruiting trip for Georgia. He recently shared with the media, “I’m still trying to figure out how he got out of Blacksburg when he was their starting quarterback and ended up at Tennessee.” Hookers’ career is on an upward trajectory as the Heisman front-runner and has Tennessee positioned to make the college football playoffs. South Carolina (6-4) is Bowl eligible this season but has two tough matchups with Tennessee and at Clemson to end the year.

Williams Brice Stadium will be rocking Saturday when the Vols pull up to test Spencer Rattler and the Gamecocks faithful. Beamer-Ball will be fun to watch early but may take a nose-dive late in the game.

Prediction: Tennessee - 48 | South Carolina - 17

Jake Hubbard

Junior Staff Writer

Tennessee annihilated Missouri last week, At the time, Missouri had the 13th ranked defense in the nation. Setting a school record with 724 yards, Hooker and company proved that they still have what it takes to be at the top. Coming into this year, I admittedly, was big on Spencer Rattler and thought he would turn some heads. Indeed, he turned heads, but not in a good way.

South Carolina’s offense has been abysmal, and their defense sits in the bottom half of the SEC in defensive rankings. That is not a good combination to have when facing a good Tennessee team. South Carolina doesn’t have a shot, and I see this one being a blowout.

Vols win big, again.

Prediction: Tennessee - 56 | South Carolina - 10

Joe Davis

Junior Staff Writer

Tennessee travels to the fairgrounds Saturday to play the South Carolina Gamecocks. This game is and has been a thorn in the side of the Vols in years past. As a matter of fact, it's gotten two different coaches fired (Fulmer, Dooley) in our recent history. More than once, Carolina has knocked the Vols out of bowl contention or even contention for the SEC East.

South Carolina is like the kid down the street that hits a miracle hook shot once every three years and won't shut up about it. Don't expect that to happen Saturday. Tennessee will shut down the rave in Columbia and Sandstorm will be a dust bowl by the third quarter.

Vols roll big.

Prediction: Tennessee - 45 | South Carolina - 10

Zac Strickland

Junior Staff Writer

The Gamecocks are absent their top two running backs in this game, which may require the ball to be placed frequently in the hands of Spencer Rattler, the transfer QB from Oklahoma. Rattler has had a rough go of it so far with only 8 TD’s and 9 picks, but like Anthony Richardson, it feels like he just needs to put the pieces together.

Shane Beamer’s South Carolina team may not have much firepower, but they are opportunistic. Their main method of putting up points has been converting defense and special teams into offense, as they have forced 16 turnovers and blocked 10 kicks or punts this season. The Vols need to focus mainly on avoiding self inflicted mistakes and not giving the Gamecocks short fields. If they just play their natural game and don’t press too hard out of a desire to impress the committee, then UT should be just fine here.

Prediction: Tennessee - 55 | South Carolina - 20

Zack Troutt

Junior Staff Writer

There isn’t a lot to say about this matchup in my opinion. South Carolina will be statistically outmatched in almost every offensive and defensive category. They are second in the nation in blocked punts with five, but I don’t think Tennessee will be punting that much in this game.

South Carolina will be without both of their starting running backs again this week, and only put up 44-yards rushing last week with their backups. This is going to get ugly real fast.

Prediction: Tennessee - 59 | South Carolina - 10


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