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South Carolina vs. Tennessee: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time, More

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 27: Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks tries to avoid Curt Maggitt #56 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina. South Carolina won 38-35. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 17, 2013

Week 8 of the 2013 college football season will be highlighted by a number of high-profile meetings between conference opponents. No group is in for as serious a test as the SEC, as five ranked teams from the prestigious conference are set to play on the road.

What will happen when the No. 11 South Carolina Gamecocks travel to play the Tennessee Volunteers in the first of many critical games? More importantly, how can you watch it?

Keep reading to find out.

 

When: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Where: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Betting Lines (via VegasInsider.com):

  • Over/Under: 54.5
  • Spread: South Carolina (-7.5)

 

Injury Reports (via USA Today)

South Carolina Injury Report
PlayerPositionStatusInjury
Chaz Elder SQuestionableConcussion
Kaiwan Lewis LBQuestionableLeg
Shaq Roland WRQuestionableSuspension
Cody Waldrop CQuestionableFoot
Carlton Heard WRQuestionableHamstring
Gerald Turner DEQuestionableAnkle
James King LBQuestionableFoot
Kyle Morini LBQuestionableElbow
Devin Washington DEOutConcussion
Mike Matulis TOutShoulder
http://ncaafodds.usatoday.com/football/ncaaf-injuries.aspx?page=/data/ncaaf/injury/injuries.html

 

Tennessee Injury Report
PlayerPositionStatusInjury
Allan Carson DLQuestionableUndisclosed Injury
Marlin Lane Jr. RBQuestionableLower-body Injury
Jacob Gilliam OLQuestionableUndisclosed Injury
Maurice Couch DLQuestionableEligibility Issues
Curt Maggitt LBQuestionableKnee
Michael Williams DBQuestionableUndisclosed Injury
Riyahd Jones DBQuestionableCalf
Ryan Jenkins WROutKnee
Trevarris Saulsberry DLOutMCL Injury
Joseph Ayres TEOutKnee
Devrin Young WROutBroken Wrist
http://ncaafodds.usatoday.com/football/ncaaf-injuries.aspx?page=/data/ncaaf/injury/injuries.html

 

Mike Davis: Heisman Trophy Candidate

Sep 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks running back Mike Davis (28) scores a touchdown during the second half of the game against the UCF Knights at Bright House Networks Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Through six games, South Carolina is 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the SEC. Quarterback Connor Shaw has played well, and Dylan Thompson was solid when the starter went down, but as the defense plays inconsistently and the Gamecocks keep winning, Mike Davis has become the hero.

It's time South Carolina's running back gets respect as a Heisman Trophy front-runner.

Davis currently has 111 carries for 742 yards and nine touchdowns, also catching 15 passes for 185 yards. He's topped 100 yards rushing in all but one game thus far, and he had 144 yards of total offense and a running score during the outing in which he failed to reach that plateau.

During South Carolina's one-possession victories over UCF and Kentucky, Davis accounted for a combined 273 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Clutch.

South Carolina hasn't been playing like a national title contender, but Davis seems to bail the team out during every moment of weakness. Whether the Gamecocks need a goal-line run for a score or a big play to open up the field, Davis has done it all.

Up next is Tennessee, which allowed the Georgia Bulldogs to run for 238 yards on Oct. 5.

If Davis is able to shine against the Volunteers, he should be viewed as one of the top Heisman Trophy candidates. Not only are his numbers extraordinary, but his play in late-game situations is also unparalleled among players at his position.

If nothing else, Davis will show a national audience why he has the look of a legitimate NFL featured back. Whether it's a foot race or a meeting between running back and linebacker, Davis is going to win.

 

Prediction

October 27, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) rushes for a touchdown against the Tennessee Volunteers in the first half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

On Oct. 27, 2012, South Carolina used a fourth-quarter interception to outlast Tennessee 38-35 at home. On Oct. 29, 2011, the Gamecocks held the Volunteers off in a 14-3 defensive war in Knoxville. One year prior, the Gamecocks won 38-24 after entering the final 13 minutes of the game in a 24-24 tie.

No matter what their records may say, South Carolina and Tennessee routinely have memorable games.

Don't expect 2013 to be any different.

Tennessee running back Rajion Neal will counter Davis on the ground, looking to build upon his season numbers of 616 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Most recently, Neal ran for 148 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns against Georgia.

Without consistent quarterback play, however, Neal and the defense won't be enough against South Carolina.

Davis is playing extraordinary football, and Shaw continues to be one of the best fourth-quarter quarterbacks in the nation. Whether or not you believe the hype, Jadeveon Clowney is due for a monster performance, and this is the perfect stage for him to shine.

It'll be a battle, but South Carolina will extend its winning streak over Tennessee to four consecutive games.

South Carolina 34, Tennessee 28

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