Game-day preview: Tennessee vs. South Carolina

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / J.T. Shrout (12) and Brian Maurer (18) watch fellow Tennessee Vols quarterback Jarrett Guarantano warm up for the season opener against Georgia State on Aug. 31 in Knoxville.

TENNESSEE (2-5, 1-3 SEC) vs. SOUTH CAROLINA (3-4, 2-3)

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019

4 p.m. at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville


SEC Network & 106.5 FM/1070 AM


Tennessee's defensive line was able to create quarterback pressure two weeks ago, which led to a seven-sack, three-takeaway performance in a home win over Mississippi State. Last Saturday at Alabama, the Volunteers got into the Crimson Tide's backfield numerous times and finished with a pair of sacks and six tackles for loss. Now their challenge is to try to slow down a South Carolina offense that has relied largely on running backs Rico Dowdle and Tavien Feaster, though the Gamecocks will be without Dowdle against the Vols. That could put more pressure on South Carolina freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski to make plays, which could give Tennessee's defense opportunities to do the same.