Two away games to wrap up the regular season are on the agenda for Tennessee Football as they try to stay in the hunt for the college football playoffs, and the toughest of those comes this weekend. The Vols, 9-1 and ranked No. 5 in both polls, will visit the South Carolina Gamecocks, who are 6-4.
It’s a matchup between two sophomore head coaches Josh Heupel and Shane Beamer. Every game in this series was within a score from 2012 to 2018. However, the Vols won in blowouts in 2019 and 2021, and they have won against South Carolina a total of three times in a row.
Still, Tennessee football hasn’t beaten them by more than a point away from home since 2004, which was also the last time they defeated the Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide before this year. While UT clinched a 66-24 win over the Missouri Tigers, South Carolina suffered a 38-6 loss to Florida.
Tennessee Volunteers at South Carolina Betting Odds
Although that series has historically been close, particularly at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC, Tennessee Football is a 21.5-point favorite, according to WynnBET. The moneyline is Tennessee -2210 and South Carolina +1000, and the over/under is fixed at 66.
Game odds are updated regularly and are subject to change
Tennessee Volunteers in South Carolina Prediction
Last year’s game was a 45-20 win over the Vols, and it wasn’t even that close. South Carolina is better this year and as we mentioned, they play UT a lot harder at home. On the other hand, it’s safe to say that Rocky Top is way better too.
Beamer is somewhat familiar with Heupel’s offense, having coached under Lincoln Riley with the Oklahoma Sooners from 2018-2020. Riley operates a similar offense. He was also with the Georgia Bulldogs in 2016 and 2017 when Heupel was offensive coordinator for the Missouri Tigers, so they faced each other twice.
Not much can be read from that, however, as Beamer coached special teams and offensive positions, so it’s not like he’s pitched up against Heupel in a schematic way. All we really have to do is last year, the story of this series and what they did this year.
With crowd noise making its way from the Georgia Bulldogs to Tennessee football, there could be concerns about what South Carolina fans will bring to the table for a Saturday night showdown. However, some crucial differences will neutralize this.
First of all, the Vols are better prepared because they faced Georgia. More importantly, however, is the fact that South Carolina’s running defense is appalling, and that will allow UT to really get their offense going, something they couldn’t do in Athens, Georgia at Sanford Stadium.
As a result, Tennessee football will catch on with South Carolina. Take Tennessee -21.5 easy. Your offense will be in full force, so Over 66 is a good bet too. Only dominance on special teams will help South Carolina keep it tight, and UT have gotten better on that front. The score looks something like this: Tennessee 52 South Carolina 20.