KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s SEC East aspirations took a major blow Saturday at South Carolina, as the Gamecocks upset the No. 18 Volunteers 24-21.
The Volunteers started slow … again, trailing 7-0 after the opening possession, allowing the nation’s No. 123 offense to march down the field for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Although the defense eventually found its footing, Tennessee’s offense never got going Saturday evening, gaining just 98 yards in the first half and committing three turnovers on the game.
“Tonight we did not play to our standard of football and the results show it,” said quarterback Josh Dobbs, who had a particularly rough evening going 12 of 26 for 161 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.
“From here on out, we’ve just got to take it one day at a time. Focus on what we can control. Every time we step on the field we have to play at a high level. We have to play with our style of play if we want to be successful.”
The Volunteers have now dropped three straight and trail the Florida Gators by two games in the division. They must win out and get some help to reach the SEC Championship for the first time since 2007.
Following Saturday’s upset, Tennessee sits at No. 7 in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll.
The weekly poll includes 26 voters from SEC Country and around the country.
The Vols will host Tennessee Tech for homecoming at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Check back each for weekly installments of the SEC Power Poll.
Your Week 9 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||338||26||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||309||0||2||2||4|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||281||0||3||2||4|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||252||0||6||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||248||0||5||3||6|
|6||Arkansas (7 - 6)||187||0||7||5||10|
|7||Tennessee (9 - 4)||175||0||4||5||11|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||143||0||10||6||11|
|9||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||8||6||11|
|10||Georgia (8 - 5)||114||0||9||6||13|
|11||South Carolina (6 - 7)||83||0||13||7||13|
|12||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||53||0||11||7||14|
|13||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||43||0||12||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||3||0||14||13||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cody Worsham (Tiger Rag Magazine)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Graham Watson (Yahoo Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Pat Dooley (Gainesville Sun)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)