South Carolina crushes Tennessee’s playoff hopes in an offensive display

Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel and Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger discuss Tennessee’s loss to South Carolina on Saturday, which likely ended hopes in the Volunteers’ College Football Playoffs.

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DAN WETZEL: If Spencer Rattler played like that, they would have given them more cars in Oklahoma. We said this could be a wild day because looking at it, we played this game last week. There have been some good teams playing against some great teams and you never know. And suddenly someone like South Carolina, who looked terrible on offense a week ago against Florida, which subsequently lost to Vanderbilt, is Tennessee absolute. And Spencer Rattler plays – if Spencer Rattler played like that, they would have given him more cars in Oklahoma.

He was incredible. Shane Beamer is calling the game of his life. The offense is unstoppable, and Tennessee couldn’t keep up. Here’s hoping Hendon Hooker is okay, if not for the rest of the season playing back for his NFL prep and all. What a great player and great competitor. We’ve had a lot of serious injuries to see him get hurt.

Hopefully it’s not a big deal, but you never know. And Tennessee came across Never Know, so the Vols are gone. Let’s talk about that for a moment. Then we explain here how it works. Pat, thoughts on that destruction down there by the Cock Commanders?

PAT FORDE: Yes, wow, they ordered. This was the best Spencer Rattler game I’ve ever seen. This looked like the guy we heard all the hype about in high school and early in his career in Oklahoma. I mean, 30 out of 37 for 438 yards and six touchdowns, no interceptions, 234 efficiency rating. That’s incredible. Well, look, the Tennessee defense, I think it’s clear.

This would inevitably happen to the Tennessee defense. Someone would absolutely have to light her up to the point where they could hit her. That thing, her offense had been good enough to make up for it. That happened when they played Alabama, but they, you know, that unit was due for a game like this. And honestly, I’m glad it happened now because I don’t want to watch them surrender 63 in a playoff game. So we’re parting ways with the real contenders now, and almost everyone is a pretty complete and balanced team if you’re still in the playoffs. Well, Tennessee, you’re not.

ROSS DELENGER: Yes, that was the bogeyman for her all year long. Like you said, Pat, offense has been trailing teams in several games this year, and eventually they kind of caught up. I mean, Tennessee’s defense is, well, I think that’s after that passing game, but 100th nationally, 100th nationally, giving up 411 total yards per game. And, you know, again, they’ve kind of been fighting all year, and it just feels like it’s coming back to haunt them.

Unfortunately I had gone to the UVA Memorial in Virginia but that was one of the games I actually sent Pat and my boss to and said hey maybe I should go there. I didn’t think Tennessee would lose, and I certainly didn’t think Tennessee would lose like they did. But I knew it was going to be pretty loud down there. It was a night game, and every now and then Beamer Ball smashes like Beamer Jr. Ball smashes. And man, give it up for her. He did it – I was blown away by the work he’s been doing in South Carolina for the past two years.

DAN WETZEL: Well that was it. This was a big night for them, the recruitment, all that, keep it up. But it certainly potentially takes that second SEC team off the table, so look, we’re looking at Georgia. Obviously they have Georgia Tech. They got the SEC title game.

they went out you are in They could lose to Georgia Tech and then win the next week they’re at it. And then the question would be, could they lose to LSU and still get in?