Tennessee’s SEC home-opener against South Carolina on September 30 at Neyland Stadium will be an 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time kickoff and will be televised by SEC Network.
The Vols (2-1, 0-1 SEC), after the 29-16 loss at Florida on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, host UTSA (1-2) on Saturday, a 4 p.m. Eastern Time start on SEC Network.
South Carolina (1-2, 0-1) hosts Mississippi State (2-1, 0-1) on Saturday (7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, SEC Network) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. The Gamecocks lost 24-14 at No. 1 Georgia on Saturday, after leading the Bulldogs 14-3 at halftime.
Tennessee has three straight home games over the next four weeks, playing UTSA, South Carolina and Texas A&M, with an open date on October 7.
A Closer Look: South Carolina
Spencer Rattler has completed 77 of 108 passes (.713) for 954 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s been sacked 12 times in three games and has a QB rating of 154.0. Rattler has also rushed 24 times for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Dakereon Joyner leads the Gamecocks on the ground with 28 carries for 75 yards and three touchdowns. South Carolina has rushed 86 times for 159 yards and five touchdowns as a team over the first three games of the season.
Xavier Legette leads South Carolina in receiving with 22 catches for 367 yards and a touchdown. Joyner has caught 10 passes out of the backfield for 65 yards and Eddie Lewis has seven catches for 112 yards.
South Carolina started the season with a 31-17 loss to No. 21 North Carolina on September 2 and bounced back with a 47-21 win over Furman at home, before the loss at Georgia.
The Series: Tennessee vs. South Carolina
Tennessee has a 28-11-2 record against South Carolina in a series that dates back to 1903. The two teams played just 10 times between 1903 and 1992, but have played every season since then.
The Vols won 12 straight between 1993 and 2004. The Gamecocks have won nine times since 2005, including three straight from 2010-12 and 2016-18.
Tennessee beat South Carolina 45-20 the last time the Gamecocks came to Knoxville, in October 2021 in Year 1 under Josh Heupel. The Vols won 41-21 in 2019. They opened the COVID-shortened season with a 31-27 win at South Carolina in 2020 and lost in Columbia last November.