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Oct. 19, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. ET
Neyland Stadium | Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: ESPN | Radio: Vol Network | Satellite Radio: Sirius Premier Ch. 91, XM Ch. 91
Online: WatchESPN.com, Live Audio, GameTracker

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AT FIRST GLANCE - SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Saturday marks the 32nd all-time meeting between Tennessee and South Carolina. The Vols are 22-7-2 vs. the Gamecocks all-time despite losses in three consecutive matchups.
  • Tennessee won a series-best 12 consecutive games over South Carolina from 1993-2004.
  • Since 2000, no matchup in the SEC has been closer, as the average margin of victory of 8.69 is the narrowest of any regular SEC matchup (min. 10 games).
  • In 11 meetings since 2002, the game has been within a touchdown in the fourth quarter seven times and has gone to OT twice (2003, 2007).
  • SC has more total offense than UT in the last 10 meetings, but the teams have split those games from a win-loss perspective (5-5).
  • The Vols' last win over a ranked team was also their last win over SC, 31-13 in Knoxville on Oct. 31, 2009. The last UT win over a top 15 team was over SC, 27-24 on Oct. 27, 2007.

A TENNESSEE WIN WOULD...

  • Represent the first win over a ranked team since 10/31/09 vs. No. 21 South Carolina (31-13) while also ending a three-game losing streak to the Gamecocks since the win in 2009.
  • Improve Butch Jones to 54-30 (.643) in seven seasons as a head coach while marking the 803rd win in Tennessee football history.
  • Give Tennessee its sixth win in its last seven games at Neyland Stadium and an 11-3 record in its last 14 games at home since Nov. 5, 2011. UT is 33-15 (.688) at Neyland Stadium since 2007.
  • Improve the Vols to 23-7-2 all-time vs. South Carolina and mark the first win over a Top 15-ranked team since a 27-24 win over then-No. 15 South Carolina on Oct. 27, 2007.

SCHEDULE NOTES

  • Once again, Tennessee is playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation. Tennessee has played three of its six games in 2013 vs. ranked teams, and the next four UT games are all vs. ranked opponents.
  • The Vols have played at No. 2 Oregon, at No. 19 Florida, and vs. No. 6 Georgia (rankings are at time of game). Tennessee's next four games are against No. 11 South Carolina, at No. 1 Alabama, at No. 14 Missouri, and vs. No. 24 Auburn.
  • If the next four opponents all remain ranked at the time of the game, Tennessee will play seven ranked opponents during the regular season in a single year for the first time in school history.
  • In 1991, UT played six ranked teams in the regular season (#21 UCLA, #23 Mississippi State, #13 Auburn, at #10 Florida, at #14 Alabama, at #5 Notre Dame), and played No. 6 Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl that year.

TURNOVER TICKER

  • Tennessee is tied with Missouri for the SEC lead and ranks tied for 12th nationally in turnovers forced (15).
  • UT ranks sixth nationally and second in the conference with 11 interceptions (Missouri, 13).
  • The Vols have forced multiple turnovers in four of six games this season.
  • Tennessee has intercepted a pass on 5.42 percent of defensive plays this season, the best rate in the SEC and the eighth-best rate nationally.
  • Since 2011, Butch Jones-coached teams have forced 76 turnovers, ranking him fourth nationally and second among BCS coaches during that time.

GROUND ATTACK

  • UT has rushed for 1,266 yards through five games and is averaging 211.0 yards per game on the ground.
  • For the first time since the 1999 season the Vols have posted two games of 250 or more rushing yards through just five games. UT ran for 315 vs. Austin Peay (8/31) and 278 vs. South Alabama (9/28)
  • The Vols have rushed for 200-plus yards in three games this season, their most since 2009 (3) and equaling the combined total for the last three seasons (2 in 2012, 0 in 2011, 1 in 2010).
  • At the current pace, the Vols would finish the 2013 regular season with 2,532 rushing yards, which would be the most since a 2,621-yard output in 1993.
  • If the Vols run for 122.3 yards per game for rest of 2013, they would post only the second 2,000-rushing yd. season since 2005 and only the third since 2000. UT rushed for 2,418 yards in 2004 and 2,043 yards in 2009.

BATTLE AT BRISTOL 2016

  • An announcement this Monday confirmed that Tennessee will play Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. on Sept. 10, 2016.
  • With a capacity of 150,000-plus, the Bristol Motor Speedway game featuring the Vols and Hokies could set the college football attendance record (currently 115,109 at Michigan Stadium, Michigan vs. Notre Dame)

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