KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football finds itself with backs to the wall, facing a South Carolina program that has become more of a true threat than thorn in the side over the past five years.
The Vols (3-2, 0-2 SEC) kickoff against the Gamecocks (4-2, 2-2) at noon Saturday in an ESPN-televised event that promises drama.
The last five meetings between these teams have been decided by three points or less.
A Tennessee win would means Butch Jones has led the program to its top two season starts — with four wins in the first six games — since 2007.
A loss, however, sets the Vols up for an 0-4 start in the SEC, as a trip to No. 1-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 21 is on deck.
Tennessee is giving redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano his first career start against South Carolina with the season all but on the line.
SEC Country Tennessee football media picks
BYU at Mississippi State (-24)
Blake’s pick: Mississippi State 45, BYU 21
Dustin’s pick: Mississippi State 42, BYU 14
Josh’s pick: Mississippi State 45, BYU 20
Mike’s pick: Mississippi State 35, BYU 31
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss (-3.5)
Blake’s pick: Vanderbilt 21, Ole Miss 14
Dustin’s pick: Ole Miss 24, Vanderbilt 21
Josh’s pick: Vanderbilt 24, Ole Miss 23
Mike’s pick: Vanderbilt 20, Ole Miss 17
Auburn (-7) at LSU
Blake’s pick: Auburn 35, LSU 17
Dustin’s pick: Auburn 28, LSU 14
Josh’s pick: Auburn 31, LSU 21
Mike’s pick: Auburn 31, LSU 21
Texas A&M at Florida (-2.5)
Blake’s pick: Florida 35, Texas A&M 34
Dustin’s pick: Texas A&M 24, Florida 21
Josh’s pick: Florida 28, Texas A&M 26
Mike’s pick: Texas A&M 27, Florida 20
Arkansas at Alabama (-31.5)
Blake’s pick: Alabama 41, Arkansas 3
Dustin’s pick: Alabama 42, Arkansas 10
Josh’s pick: Alabama 47, Arkansas 13
Mike’s pick: Alabama 35, Arkansas 10
Missouri at Georgia (-30)
Blake’s pick: Georgia 42, Missouri 21
Dustin’s pick: Georgia 49, Missouri 10
Josh’s pick: Georgia 49, Missouri 20
Mike’s pick: Georgia 51, Missouri 17
South Carolina at Tennessee (-3)
Blake’s pick: South Carolina 28, Tennessee 14
“Tennessee will turn to quarterback Jarrett Guarantano to try and provide the offense a spark. The Vols will still lose the turnover battle and therefore the game.”
Dustin’s pick: Tennessee 21, South Carolina 17
“I don’t feel great about this pick at all, but I also am not entirely certain about South Carolina’s identity yet and I for some reason feel the need to give the benefit of the doubt to Tennessee when it absolutely has to win a game at home. “
Josh’s pick: South Carolina 24, Tennessee 20
“Will Muschamp’s defense will once again prove to be too much for Tennessee’s offense.”
Mike’s pick: Tennessee 27, South Carolina 23
“Mobile quarterbacks have given South Carolina trouble, so that was part of the move to Jarrett Guarantano at quarterback. The Vols desperately need a win, and they should control the trenches.”
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