Jarrett Guarantano threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway on the final play of the first half, Darrell Taylor recorded four sacks and Tennessee trounced No. 12 Kentucky 24-7 on Saturday.
The 12th-ranked Wildcats have lost 16 straight road games to the Vols and haven’t beaten Tennessee in Knoxville since 1984, but they head to Neyland Stadium on Saturday as six-point favorites.
Marquez Callaway returned a punt for a touchdown, Tennessee’s defense nearly pitched a shutout and the Vols defeated Charlotte 14-3 in their final nonconference game of the season Saturday.
After squandering a 21-9 second-half lead in a 27-24 loss at South Carolina last week, the Vols must win three of their last four games to become bowl eligible.
South Carolina stopped Tennessee on downs twice in the final quarter to rally from 12 points down for a 27-24 Southeastern Conference win Saturday night.
Tennessee plays at South Carolina on Saturday night, continuing an SEC series in which the past six meetings were decided by six points or fewer.
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt expects quarterback Jarrett Guarantano to be available this week at South Carolina after the sophomore was knocked out early in a loss to No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.
Tua Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes to four receivers and top-ranked Alabama reached the end zone on its first four possessions, trouncing Tennessee 58-21 on Saturday.
Alabama’s last obstacle before a showdown with No. 5 LSU is a longtime Southeastern Conference rival it has treated as little more than a speed bump for over a decade.
“Getting that second chance to come back, it just means so much. I’m just thankful.”
Tennessee snapped an 11-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a 30-24 victory against No. 21 Auburn on Saturday.
Tennessee (2-3, 0-2) is seeking a breakthrough league win. Auburn (4-2, 1-2) wants to break out of an offensive funk that has turned the defending SEC West champions from league contenders to outliers in the race.
Freshman defensive back Trevon Flowers underwent surgery and will miss a few weeks after suffering a broken collarbone diving for an interception during practice.
D'Andre Swift ran for two touchdowns, including a late 14-yarder to ice the game, and No. 2 Georgia used dominant defense to overcome a sluggish offensive start in a 38-12 win over Tennessee on Saturday.
After three lopsided wins to open the season, second-ranked Georgia struggled at times in last week’s 43-29 win at Missouri.