Many South Carolina Gamecocks fans simply want this season to be over with. With the resignation of Steve Spurrier last month, to subpar results on the field, it's just been a year to forget for the men in Garnet and Black. Here's the scenario they sit at right now: they are at 3-5 overall with four games left, meaning that they'll need to win three out of the next four to become bowl eligible. (Five wins might do it; six wins should do it for sure). The problem: they are projected to be significant underdogs in three of those four contests - today against the Tennessee Volunteers, next week at home against a Florida Gators squad squarely in the NY6 hunt but needing some breaks to get into the Top 4 conversation, and the big one on November 28 against #1 Clemson.
But every journey starts with a step. The first step: beating Tennessee today. A defense that has failed to stop much of anything face an efficient quarterback in Josh Dobbs (11 touchdowns to just three interceptions) and one of the top running backs in the SEC in Jalen Hurd (725 yards and nine touchdowns). Combine that with the fact that the Vols are third in the conference in points scored behind Ole Miss and LSU (36.1), are a top 25 rushing team nationally, and the fact that the Gamecocks have made the most average quarterbacks look like stars (though Dobbs, while he's not on the same level as a Dak Prescott, is certainly better than "average"), and you have the makings of what could be a long day at Neyland Stadium for Carolina. They have allowed over 400 yards a game, though, so an upset could be had if everything falls into place.
Start time: 4:00 p.m. ET
TV: SEC Network
Commentators: Tom Hart (pxp); Andre Ware (analyst); Laura Rutledge (reporter)
Odds from Bovada: South Carolina is a 17.5 underdog. Over under is 59.