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GCF Gamecocks vs. Volunteers Prediction, Pick, and Game Preview

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GCF Gamecocks vs. Volunteers Prediction, Pick, and Game Preview​

Sept. 28, 2023

Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Saturday, September 30, 2023
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Where to Watch: SEC Network

Season Record

South Carolina Gamecocks: 2-2 (1-1) (4th place, SEC East)
Tennessee Volunteers: 3-1 (0-1) (6th place, SEC East)

South Carolina Gamecocks: won their last game at home against the Mississippi State Bulldogs 37-30.
Tennessee Volunteers: won their last game at home against the UTSA Roadrunners 45-14.

Gamecocks vs. Volunteers Preview

South Carolina is entering this game with a 2-2 record overall and they have a 1-1 record in their conference games too. They are 2-0 in their home games, 0-1 in their road games, and they are also 0-1 in their neutral site games this season, but they will be on the road for this game. They won their last game against Mississippi State 37-30. Spencer Rattler was the starting QB and he completed 18/20 passes for 288 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Mario Anderson led the team in rushing yards with 88 and 1 TD. Xavier Legette led the receivers with 189 receiving yards on 5 receptions and 2 TDs. O'Donnell Fortune led the defense in that game with 5 solo tackles and 1 assisted tackle while Alex Huntley led the defense in sacks with 2. David Spaulding came away with the only interception for them in that game.

Tennessee is entering this game with a 3-1 record overall and they have a 0-1 record in their conference games too. They are 2-0 in their home games, 0-1 in their road games, and they are also 1-0 in their neutral site games this season, but they will be at home for this game. They won their last game against UTSA 45-14. Joe Milton was the starting QB and he completed 18/31 passes for 209 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Dylan Sampson led the team in rushing yards with 139 and 2 TDs. Ramel Keyton led the receivers with 48 receiving yards on 1 reception and 1 TD. Tamarion McDonald led the defense in that game with 5 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles while Tamarion McDonald, Tyler Baron, Caleb Herring, and Omarr Norman-Lott each led the defense in sacks with 1. Tamarion McDonald came away with the only interception for them in that game.

South Carolina vs Tennessee Prediction

South Carolina just pulled off a nice win at home against Mississippi State and that came right after a game where they almost beat Georgia on the road. They still lost that game by 10 points but Georgia is one of the best teams in the country and really struggled to put up points on that South Carolina defense. Their offense is also starting to click now as they put up 37 points in their last game and Tennessee is not the team they were a year ago. This is a much weaker Tennessee team that already has a loss to Florida under their belt and even though they are at home for this game, South Carolina does have a good offense that will be able to go toe-to-toe with the Vols here. South Carolina has already been road-tested too with their 10-point loss in Georgia and they looked really good in that game. They may not win this game on the road either but they definitely have the offense and the defense to keep this a closer game. The best way to place a bet here is on South Carolina to cover the spread in this game.

South Carolina Tennessee Prediction: Tennessee 31 South Carolina 24.
 
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Over/under is 63 points.

I think we're about even this year since they are without Hendon Hooker this year and we still have Rattler to offset the loss of some playmakers from last year's team.

The new guys on both sides of the ball will step up for us in this game, too.

Red Roosters..42
Vols..................31
 
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