Oct. 24, 2011
- The Tennessee Vols continue their 115th season with their 30th all-time meeting against the No. 14-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. Kickoff is slated for 7:21 p.m. on ESPN2. UT is 792-344-53 (.688) all-time.
- The Vols lead the all-time series over the Gamecocks 22-5-2, and Tennessee is 14-1 all-time vs. South Carolina in Knoxville. The lone loss for UT to South Carolina at home in the series was a 16-15 defeat in 2005.
- The home team has won four consecutive games in this series since 2007, and the Vols won 12 in a row in this series from 1993-2004.
- The Vols are playing a top-15 opponent for the third consecutive week, the first time Tennessee has done so since 1991 (No. 13 Auburn, No. 10 Florida and No. 14 Alabama).
Tennessee vs. South Carolina
- The UT-South Carolina series has the second-narrowest average margin of victory among all SEC matchups since 2000 (min. 10 games) at 9.0 points (UGA-SC leads with an 8.25 avg. margin).
- South Carolina had a bye week on Oct. 22, giving them a 14-day break between their Oct. 15 game at Mississippi State and the Oct. 29 game at Tennessee, the longest break a UT opponent has before playing the Vols this year.
- In the last nine meetings, the Vols have forced at least three turnovers six times including two contests in which they had four takeaways. UT has amassed 16 interceptions during that span. The last time USC played a turnover-free game in the series was a 22-7 loss at Neyland Stadium on Nov. 1, 1997.
- A win over South Carolina would mark Tennessee's third win in its last four games vs. SEC East opponents.
A Tennessee Win Would...
- Improve the Vols to 4-4 overall and 1-4 in the SEC while also representing the 15th win for UT over South Carolina in Knoxville in 16 games. The lone home loss for UT to the Gamecocks was in 2005 (16-15).
- Give Tennessee its first win over a Top 15 opponent since defeating the No. 15 South Carolina team on Oct. 27, 2007 at Neyland Stadium.
- Mark the first win over a ranked opponent for Tennessee since 2009's game in Knoxville vs. South Carolina, a 31-13 Vols win in which UT wore black jerseys on Halloween night, Oct. 31.
- Give the Vols their sixth win in their last eight games at Neyland Stadium and their eighth win in the last 12 regular-season games overall while improving UT to 7-4 in the last 11 games vs. SEC East opponents.
Last Game - No. 2 Alabama 37, Tennessee 6
- Tennessee fell to 3-4 with a 37-6 loss to Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22.
- RB Tauren Poole rushed for 67 yards on 19 carries and Tennessee rushed for 92 yards overall. Alabama had allowed only 84 combined rushing yards in its previous three SEC games.
- LB A.J. Johnson was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after leading the Vols with 13 tackles, the second-highest total ever by a Tennessee true freshman. Including his 11 tackles vs. LSU a week ago, Johnson joins Eric Berry as the only Tennessee freshmen all-time with two 10-plus tackle games. In 2007, Berry produced 14 tackles vs. Kentucky and 12 vs. South Carolina.
- Michael Palardy kicked two field goals, including a career-high, 52-yard kick that was the longest for the Vols since Jeff Hall's 53-yarder vs. Oklahoma State in 1995.