Chick-fil-A Bowl representative Frank Upchurch will visit Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday to scout the Tennessee-South Carolina game. The two teams are being scouted as potential representatives in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.
The ACC and SEC team selections for the 43rd edition of the Bowl will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 5. The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the oldest guaranteed ACC vs. SEC match-up in the bowl business.
Tennessee (2-5, 0-4 SEC) will be looking towards snapping a three-game losing skid and getting its first conference win of the season on Saturday. Stiff competition has followed the Vols throughout the season as they have already played three top-10 ranked teams. Tennessee, who is one of the youngest teams in the nation, is the SEC's top team when it comes to fewest yards penalized per game. The Vols have made five appearances in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, with their most recent trip being last season.
Currently ranked No. 20 in the BCS and No. 17 in the AP poll, South Carolina (5-2, 3-2 SEC) leads the SEC East. The Gamecocks return to their home field after spending the last two weekends on the road. Last weekend, South Carolina picked up a key SEC East win at Vanderbilt. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and quarterback Stephen Garcia help power the South Carolina offense. Jeffery is the conference leader and third in the nation in receiving yards per game. Garcia is second in the SEC and fifth nationally in pass efficiency (170.2). The Gamecock defense leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the nation with 24 sacks. South Carolina's only trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl was in 1969.
Tennessee leads the all-time series 22-4-2 and won last season's meeting. Saturday's game kicks off at 12:21 p.m. and will be televised by SEC Network.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the ACC and SEC. Now in its 43rd year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has established itself as one of the nation's elite bowl games with a string of 13 consecutive sellouts and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the nation. Ten of the last 18 games have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed more than $97 million in team payouts over its 42-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $5.8 million to organizations in need since 2002. Other events under the Chick-fil-A Bowl brand include the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge head coach and celebrity golf event each April and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game season-opening game over Labor Day weekend which hosted No. 16 LSU and No. 18 North Carolina, to open the season Sept. 4.