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Gamecocks vs Volunteers Game Preview

South Carolina Gamecocks Tennessee Volunteers

Jadeveon Clowney came back after sitting out a week, and his presence was felt as South Carolina destroyed Arkansas Saturday 52-7.

The No. 14 Gamecocks, now 3-1 in the SEC East, are on the road again this week, this time in Knoxville to take on 3-3 Tennessee Saturday afternoon (12 pm ET, ESPN).

Two weeks ago without Clowney South Carolina gave up 28 points to Kentucky; Saturday with him they held the Hogs to 248 total yards.

In the early betting the Gamecocks, who are 5-1 SU but only 2-4 ATS, were favored by eight points over the Vols, who had last week off after losing in overtime to Georgia.

This season the Volunteers are 3-3 overall and 3-3 ATS against the number, while the Gamecocks are 5-1 and 2-4 ATS. As for the totals, Tennessee is 4-1-1 on the OU, and South Carolina is 4-2.

View South Carolina Gamecocks vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds and Stats.

Bettors going with the Volunteers in this game found them listed as 7-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada earlier in the week. The total opened at 57 over at BetOnline which was the only sportsbook early in the week to post a number here.

The Volunteers sit at No. 77 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Gamecocks are at No. 15 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Gamecocks will win this game 38-30.

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Rajion Neal went over the 100-yard mark (148) in his team's latest effort, but Georgia still defeated Tennessee by a score of 34-31.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tennessee's No. 51-ranked offense (31.67 PPG) against a Gamecocks defense that ranks No. 40 at 22.67 PPG. The Volunteers passing attack has averaged 164.17 yards per game, less than the Gamecocks give up through the air (202.67 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Gamecocks feature the league's No. 67-rated road run defense, allowing 171.33 yards per game. Tennessee, meanwhile, ranks No. 23 in rushing offense at home.

A few Gamecocks at Volunteers trends to consider:
South Carolina is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
South Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
South Carolina is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of South Carolina's last 7 games on the road
Tennessee is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
Tennessee is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tennessee's last 10 games at home

Next up:
South Carolina at Missouri, Saturday, October 26th
Tennessee at Alabama, Saturday, October 26th