Gameday Guide: USC-Tennessee details, injuries, depth chart, more

GoGamecocks staff reportsOctober 18, 2013 

... Who: USC (5-1, 3-1 SEC) vs. Tennessee (3-3, 0-2)

... Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.

... When: Saturday, Noon

... TV: ESPN

... Radio: WNKT-FM 107.5 with Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Langston Moore

... Satellite Radio: Sirius 91/XM 91

... Line: USC by 7.5

... The uniform report: The Gamecocks will wear white tops and garnet pants

... Weather outlook: Lows in the mid-40s to start the day. Then partly sunny, with a high near 69. No rain in the forecast.

INJURY REPORT

... South Carolina - Out: RB Brandon Wilds (elbow), C Cody Waldrop (ankle); S Chaz Elder (concussion). Questionable: OL Ronald Patrick (ankle). Probable: WR Bruce Ellington (foot), LB Skai Moore (concussion), DT J.T. Surratt (ankle).

... Tennessee - Out: Curt Maggitt, LB (knee); Questionable: Allan Carson, DL (undisclosed). Probable: Marlin Lane, RB (lower body).

WHAT'S AT STAKE

South Carolina is seeking its fifth straight victory and wants to help its SEC Eastern Division title hopes that received a boost last week with Missouri's 41-26 victory over Georgia. Tennessee is attempting to end its recent history of frustration against ranked foes. The Volunteers have lost 19 straight games against the Top 25 since a 31-13 triumph over a 21st-ranked South Carolina team on Oct. 31, 2009.

KEY MATCHUP

Tennessee offensive line vs. South Carolina defensive line: This is a matchup of strength against strength. Tennessee boasts a senior-laden offensive line that has allowed only seven sacks this season. South Carolina averages 2.3 sacks per game. South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney hasn't quite measured up to sky-high preseason expectations, but he remains arguably the top overall pro prospect in college football. He will spend at least part of the day matching up against Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson, also a potential first-round draft pick.

JUST THE FACTS

A South Carolina win over Tennesse would ...

... Be the Gamecocks’ fourth-straight win over the Volunteers. Prior to the current three-game winning streak over Tennessee, the Gamecocks had never won back-to-back games in the series.

... Give the Gamecocks as many wins (4) in the last four years over Tennessee as they had from 1903-2009.

... Give Johnson City, Tenn., product Steve Spurrier his 15th career win over his home state’s flagship school.

... Coach Spurrier is currently 14-8 in 22 meetings with the Volunteers.

... Be Connor Shaw’s 23rd win as a starting quarterback. Only Todd Ellis (24) owns more W’s as a Carolina QB.

... Make the Gamecocks bowl-eligible for the 10th-straight season.

VOLUNTEERS TO WATCH

RB RAJION NEAL: The senior has rushed for 616 yards and seven touchdowns this season, including three 100-yard games. He gained 148 yards and scored two touchdowns against Georgia.

LB A.J. JOHNSON: The junior recorded a season-high 12 tackles against Georgia to run his season total to 47 this season and 265 tackles in his career. He has produced double-digit tackle totals in 15 of 30 career games.

QB JUSTIN WORLEY: The junior from Northwestern High has completed 82-of-147 passes for 940 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.

DB BRIAN RANDOLPH: The sophomore has made 44 tackles, two for loss, and picked off three passes while deflecting four others.

SOUTH CAROLINA DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE
WR – BYRD (Jeffery, Roland)
WR – ELLINGTON (P. Cooper, Brent)
WR – JONES (K. Smith, Whitehurst)
LT – ROBINSON (Zandi)
LG – CANN (B. Stadnik)
C – C. STADNIK (Waldrop)
RG – PATRICK (Sport, Rodgers)
RT – SHELL (Gibson)
TE – ANDERSON (Adams, Zandi)
QB – SHAW (Thompson, Nosovitch)
FB – MCLAURIN (Diaz)
TB – DAVIS (Carson, Smith, Da. Williams)

DEFENSE
DE – SUTTON (Dixon, Harris)
DT – SURRATT (Dixon Jr., Green)
DT – QUARLES (Dukes, Griffin)
DE – CLOWNEY (English)
MLB – HOLLOMAN (Lewis, Walton)
WLB – ROBERTS (Moore, C. Cooper)
SPUR – GOLIGHTLY (Diggs, Bryant)
CB – HAMPTON (Christian)
SS – B. WILLIAMS (Marcus, Moody)
FS – GURLEY -OR- Marcus
CB – LEGREE (McWilliams)

SPECIAL TEAMS
KO – ARD (Fry)
PK – FRY (Ard)
P – HULL (Fish)
KR – P. COOPER (Ellington)
PR – P. COOPER (Hampton)
SSN – CULBERTSON
LSN – DR. WILLIAMS
H – FISH (Nosovitch)

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