KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Volunteers were unable to solve what ails them over the bye week.
Tennessee (3-3, 0-3 SEC) fell to South Carolina 15-9 Saturday, and the voters in the SEC Country Power Poll took notice of another poor performance by the Vols. Tennessee lands at No. 11 in our poll this week, dropping from 10th last week.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones said after the game the lack of big plays hurt the team once again.
“The other storyline is we didn’t have very many big plays,” Jones said. “Again, against that defense or any defense, you need big, splash plays, and we weren’t able to generate any. We’ve just got to keep working. That’s all I can tell you.”
Tennessee gave redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano his first start in the hopes of jumpstarting the offense. He played well at times, but the offense was disappointing as a whole overall.
The Vols had the ball in the red zone three times Saturday and came away with two field goals. One of the red-zone opportunities came on the last drive of the game when Guarantano led the offense down the field in the final minute.
Guarantano threw to wide receiver Brandon Johnson in the end zone as time expired, but South Carolina had the play well defended.
Guarantano finished the game with 11 completions on 18 attempts for 133 yards. He did not commit a turnover, something that was a problem for previous starter Quinten Dormady.
Tennessee turns its attention to No. 1 Alabama this week. Alabama has outscored SEC opponents 193-39 in 4 games this season.
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Your Week 7 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||325||25||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||300||0||2||2||2|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||255||0||3||3||5|
|4||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||253||0||4||3||7|
|5||LSU (9 - 4)||231||0||5||3||7|
|6||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||179||0||7||4||12|
|7||Kentucky (7 - 6)||165||0||8||6||9|
|8||Florida (4 - 7)||161||0||6||6||9|
|9||South Carolina (9 - 4)||151||0||9||6||10|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||77||0||13||9||13|
|11||Tennessee (4 - 8)||67||0||10||10||14|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||65||0||12||9||13|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||32||0||11||10||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||14||0||14||10||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Jeff Sentell (DawgNation)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)