5 BIG THINGS
1. As The Worley Turns: For the third time in four games, Tennessee starts a different quarterback. True freshman Justin Worley got five snaps at Alabama, which makes him UT's least-experienced starting quarterback since Brent Schaeffer and Erik Ainge in the 2004 season-opener.2. The Spurrier Effect: From 1965-2004, Tennessee won 17 of 18 games against the Gamecocks. Since Steve Spurrier became the Head Ball Chicken in 2005, however, it's even-Steven at 3-3.3. GPS "End Zone" ASAP: The Vols' offense has lost its way. Scoring is shrinking, from 12 points against Georgia to 7 against LSU to 6 against Alabama. South Carolina ranks No. 7 nationally in total defense, but Tennessee has to find a way to the end zone — and more than once.4. Paging Mr. Garcia: If the Vols need a break, South Carolina just might offer them one. The Gamecocks have given up 18 turnovers, second only to Kentucky's 19 in the SEC. Nine of them, however, were Steven Garcia interceptions. That problem has been eliminated.5. It IS How You Start: The opening of the third quarter has been a killer for Tennessee. In three SEC games, the Vols had first possession and squandered it with (A) an interception at Florida, (B) a bad-snap, short-punt combo against Georgia and (C) a three-and-out at Alabama. Oh, and the other guys answered with touchdowns in each case.
— Mike Strange