Key to Victory: Tennessee-South Carolina

No.5 Tennessee will take the field at a hostile Williams Brice Stadium later tonight. The Vols will look to improve their playoff chances with a winning draft tonight. Before the competition, Volunteer Country staff share their keys to the game.

Win the line of scrimmage

This is par for the course at any competition, but tonight South Carolina will look to pretest Tennessee with its defensive front. The unit is possibly the most talented Gamecocks overall. If Tennessee controls the line of scrimmage when they’re on offense, this game could turn ugly. The Vols will be able to create explosive plays on the field if they keep Hendon Hooker upright and rush the ball with the similar success they’ve had this season. Defensively, the Vols have a chance to hone their impressive run defense this week as the Gamecocks are without their top two rushers. Tennessee can step on the gas here and keep South Carolina behind the sticks.