#5 Tennessee Vols Football travels to South Carolina on Sunday – Clarksville Online

#5 Tennessee (9-1 | 5-1 SEC) at South Carolina (6-4 | 3-4 SEC)
Saturday November 19, 2022 | 6:08pm CT/7:08pm ET
Colombia, SC | William Brice Stadium | TV: ESPN

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsColombia, SC – The Tennessee Vols football team, which remains fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings, will look to continue their winning streak this Saturday in an SEC East duel against South Carolina at a packed Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.

A win would end the first 10-win season for the Volunteers since 2007 and the program’s first 10-win season in the regular season since 2003.

Saturday’s primetime matchup will be televised on ESPN as Chris Fowler (PxP), Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst) and Holly Rowe (Sideline) will have the call. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:08 pm CT.


Fans can tune in to Tennessee’s official radio show on the Vol Network (Local: WIVK-FM 107.7/WNML-FM 99.1) across 64 stations in the state of Tennessee and the Southeast, SiriusXM (channel 113 or 192), and the SiriusXM app (Ch. 963) , as well as the Varsity App. A live audio stream of the broadcast will also be available on UTSports.com? and the Tennessee Athletics app.

Bob Kesling (PxP), Pat Ryan (Analyst) and Brent Hubbs (Analyst) will call the action, with VFL Jayson Swain taking on side assignments for the Vol Network radio show. The Big Orange Countdown Pregame Show begins at 4:00 PM CT.

Match day info

For all Tennessee fans traveling to Columbia, visit the South Carolina Football Game Day Information page for the most up-to-date information on South Carolina’s game day policies.

You have to know

Press for the playoffs
Tennessee enters Saturday’s game in the middle of the college football playoff chase and is ranked No. 5 for the second straight week after beating Missouri 66-24 last week as Big Orange set school records for points against an SEC opponent and total yards (724).

The Vols are targeting their first-ever college football playoff appearance and their first trip to a New Year’s Six Bowl game since their 38-7 win over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl after the 2004 season.

keep it 100
Rocky Top has become a popular target for wide receivers since the arrival of head coach Josh Heupel. For the past two seasons, UT has ranked third nationally with 18 individual 100-yard reception performances.

The Vols have had 10 individual 100-yard receptions this season, ranking second nationally to Ohio State’s 11 (McCoy — 3, Cedric Tillman — 1, Squirrel White — 1).


Hooker to Hyatt
There hasn’t been a deadlier, more explosive combination in college football this season than quarterback Hendon Hooker and Hyatt. Both have historic seasons for the Orange and White, collecting honors along the way.

The tandem was included in the semi-finalist lists for the Maxwell and Walter Camp Awards. Hooker is also a finalist for the Unitas Golden Arm Award and semi-finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, while Hyatt is in contention for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation’s top recipient.

With Hooker as the catalyst for the nation’s No. 1 offensive line, Hyatt has emerged as its target, leading the nation in scoring touchdowns (15). The Irmo, South Carolina, junior also ranks first on the FBS in 30-plus-yard receive plays (14), 40-plus-yard receive plays (10), 50-plus-yard plays (6) and 60-plus-yard receive plays (4).

Defense does its bit
While Tennessee’s offense gets a lot of attention, the Big Orange defense has also done its fair share of the heavy lifting. In their second season under defensive coordinator Tim Banks, the Vols rank in the top 25 in the country in four different categories: rushing defense (11th-104.1), redzone defense (20th-76.3), turnovers (16th- 19) and third-down defense (25th – 32.9).

UT also ranks third in the SEC with 64.0 tackles for loss and has held each of its last three opponents to seven or fewer points in the second half, including shutting out Kentucky in the last two quarters in a 44-6 Victory on October 29th.

UT was aggressive and opportunistic throughout the year, leading the SEC in forced sales (19) and sales margin (+9). For comparison, the Vols only had 13 takeaways in 13 games last season.


series history

Tennessee leads, 28-10-2
The Volunteers and Gamecocks meet for the 41stSt Time when the two teams step onto the field on Saturday night. Tennessee has owned the all-time series and even has a winning record when playing at Columbia (10-7-2).

A win this weekend would be UT’s fourth straight win in the series after losing three straight from 2016-2018. Each of the last six encounters between the two programs in Colombia ended in the end, with all six of those competitions being decided by six points or fewer.

About the Gamecocks of South Carolina

South Carolina is led by sophomore head coach Shame Beamer, son of legendary Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer. After leading the Gamecocks to a 7-6 record and a win over North Carolina in the Duke’s May Bowl in the freshman year, Beamer is again qualified for the USC Bowl in 2022.

Redshirt junior quarterback Spencer Rattler is leading the offense in his first year with the program after transferring from Oklahoma during the offseason. Rattler has completed 180 of 276 pass attempts for 1,982 yards and eight touchdowns, while also throwing nine interceptions.

Junior wideout Antwane Wells Jr. was the Gamecocks’ biggest passing threat with a team-high 43 receptions for 590 yards and four touchdowns. Redshirt sophomore running back MarShawn Lloyd is the team’s top rusher with 100 carries for 556 yards and nine touchdowns. Junior tight end Jaheim Bell is also an extremely versatile weapon for South Carolina, who has totaled 18 receptions for 190 yards as well as 47 rushing attempts for 150 yards and two points.


On the defensive side of the ball, fresh defender Nick Emmanwori leads the team with a total of 66 tackles (51 solo) from a strong save. Redshirt edge rusher sophomore Gilber Edmond is first with eight tackles lost while fellow edge rusher Jordan Burch leads the team with 3.5 sacks. Cornerbacks Marcellas Dial and Darius Rush each recorded two interceptions to lead the secondary.

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