South Carolina vs. No. 5 Tennessee: Roundtable Predictions

The South Carolina Gamecocks complete the SEC portion of their schedule tonight when the fifth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers head to Columbia. UT coach Josh Heupel and quarterback Hendon Hooker have the Vols flying high in just Heupel’s second season, a fact that was hard for Gamecock fans to stomach. USC will certainly have their hands full in a game expected to lose by three points — that’s the way the GABA game looks.

Code: I have to be honest and say that I just don’t see the Gamecocks doing such a big competition, mainly for one reason: Tennessee will be looking for style points to build their case for the CFP committee, so the volunteers will be very motivated and are unlikely to miss anything resembling a trap game. (There’s also the trifle of UT’s Jalin Hyatt, a Colombian native who wants to host a show after his hometown program never offered him a scholarship.) South Carolina will be significantly outnumbered on this one, especially with MarShawn’s continued absence Lloyd , and I just don’t see Tennessee in a generous mood. I go with UT, 41-10.

Brent: Simply put, I think this all made for one of the worst nights in Williams Brice Stadium history. I’m talking up there with 63-17 against Clemson in 2003, 63-7 against Florida in 1995 and 59-0 against FSU in 1988. Hammer Tennessee and the 22.5 points. I don’t know what happened after the Texas A&M game, but all the air was sucked out of the 2022 Gamecocks’ sails. I don’t know what happened but in the last three games at least one side of football seemed disinterested. Last week in Gainesville was a complete non-appearance in a game where South Carolina should have been competitive on paper, but they were beaten 38-6 and failed to score an offensive touchdown. #5 Tennessee rolls into Columbia with a Heisman candidate as quarterback and perhaps the most explosive offense in college football. ESPN’s primetime crew, consisting of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, will be in town to announce the game, and unfortunately I’m predicting it’ll be just Tennessee talk. Carolina is missing her #1 and #2 traffic jams, and if Marcus Satterfield is apparently a dead man, I don’t see the Gamecocks even being able to keep up. I’ll be going with Tennessee winning this easily 55-20.

Frosted: I have two perspectives to give here: one of the average person with a brain and me. Why shouldn’t this game be a blowout for the common man? Why wouldn’t Tennessee LIGHTLY cover that massive span after looking so great and how horrible South Carolina played? Tennessee has been battling better teams – LSU, for example – so why should the Cocks stand a chance? “USC is injured” that, “USC needs to fire its offensive coordinator” that, and let’s not forget that Jalin Hyatt wants to show the school that didn’t offer him a scholarship! Now let’s get to my thought process. Vegas casinos weren’t built on Tennessee to take out an obviously weaker opponent, they were built on the cocks that cover that spread. The Cocks haven’t lost a home game, Cam Smith will shadow Hyatt and Tennessee is a pass-heavy team that plays to South Carolina’s strength. Also, I can’t think of a better time to play this Spencer Rattler game than right now. Anthony Richardson of Florida passed for 453 yards against this volunteer defense and Bryce Young of Alabama threw for 455. Even LSU’s Jayden Daniels threw for 300 yards in a 40-13 loss. I predict the offense will have a pulse this week and the Cocks will compete with one of the best teams in the country. Give me the volunteers to win 38-28.

Katie: So much doom and gloom around these parts! (Joke!) I didn’t give much confidence to predict a win this week [gestures at Tennessee’s season and ours]. That being said, the Gamecocks could win! It would take a confluence of good stuff for South Carolina and bad stuff for the Vols, but in theory it’s possible! Since USC already screwed up at Homecoming, they can’t lose at Senior Night either. Let’s do the thing about winning.