KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The kickoff time for Tennessee’s pivotal SEC East Division matchup at South Carolina was announced on Monday.
The No. 18-ranked Vols (5-2, 2-2 SEC) will look to get back to their winning ways against the Gamecocks (2-4, 1-4 SEC) at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Williams-Brice Stadium. A network has yet to be determined for the game. It will be broadcast on either ESPN, ESPN 2 or the SEC Network.
South Carolina hosts UMass at noon this Saturday in a game that will be televised by the SEC Network.
Tennessee beat the Gamecocks by a 27-24 count last season in Neyland Stadium in a game that saw Josh Dobbs carry the day with 255 yards and 2 touchdowns passing to go with his 35 yards rushing.
The Vols have a winnable stretch of the games the remainder of the season, with the trip to Columbia posing one of the bigger challenges.
If Tennessee wins the rest of its SEC games — South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt — and Florida loses one of its remaining SEC games — Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina and LSU — the Vols would win the tiebreaker and play in the league title game in Atlanta.
Vols defensive back Todd Kelly Jr. made it clear the team isn’t getting ahead of itself, though.
“We’re not really focused on getting to Atlanta right now, we’re focused on the next opponent,” Kelly said after making a team-high 11 tackles in the 49-10 loss to Alabama.
“I feel like this bye week will allow us to get our bodies healthy. We’ve played in seven games in a row, playing in the SEC that’s no joke.”
Tennessee has won three straight in the series against South Carolina, but the past four meetings have been decided by 3 points or fewer.
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