When Bill Lee was considering whether to run for governor eight years ago, the Franklin, Tennessee, businessman and part-time cattle farmer decided to tour the state — not to see its most vibrant communities, but to visit with leaders in the lowest-income counties.
Lee, who had done volunteer work in the inner city, said he wanted to visit all of the distressed counties being left out of the economic growth in most of the Volunteer State. The trip helped convince Lee to run for governor and, once elected in 2018, to declare as his first executive order that all state offices develop a plan to aid all of Tennessee’s counties ranked among the bottom 10% of all U.S. counties in economic performance.
The Tennessee Titans announced Friday that wide receiver Treylon Burks, who ranks second on the team in receiving yards through three games with 99, has been ruled out for Sunday’s NFL Week 4 game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Nashville.
Burks’ absence could mean more targets for former University of Cincinnati Bearcats receiver Chris Moore, in his first season with the Titans after four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and two seasons with the Houston Texans. Moore ranks third on the Titans in receiving yards with 90 on three catches.
The Titans also ruled out guard Peter Skoronski, defensive back Elijah Molden and linebacker Luke Gifford.
Defensive lineman Teair Tart practiced Friday and is listed as questionable. Defensive lineman Denico Autry was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable.
Among those Titans players appearing on the injury report throughout the week, but good to go for Sunday’s game according to the team: Outside linebacker Harold Landry; tight end Josh Whyle (also a former Bearcat and La Salle High School standout); running back Derrick Henry; and receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
The Bengals ruled out receiver Charlie Jones and tight end Irv Smith Jr. for Week 4, also reporting no setbacks for quarterback Joe Burrow’s calf injury.
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The SEC’s depth is on full display this weekend, and this matchup is a prime example.
The South Carolina Gamecocks head to Knoxville to take on the No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers.
South Carolina is 2-2, but it’s played some stiff competition, as losses to North Carolina and No. 1-ranked Georgia aren’t the worst knocks on a resume.
Meanwhile, the Gamecocks also picked up a quality win last week against Mississippi State.
The Gamecocks will need all the momentum they can get as they take on a Tennessee team that has yet to pass a test this season.
The Volunteers’ schedule has been relatively soft, and their lone loss was to Florida, a team it was favored over.
Can Tennessee cover the spread in its second SEC matchup? Let’s dig in and find out.
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Sometimes, a change of scenery can do wonders for a player.
That’s certainly been the case for South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler, who was once a Heisman hopeful at Oklahoma.
However, after some disappointing performances, he’s revived his career at South Carolina.
In his second season since transferring, the offense is built around him, as the Gamecocks throw the ball at the 29th-highest rate in the country.
Rattler will have the opportunity to have success if his offensive line can give him some time to throw. The Volunteers are 110th in opponent completion percentage allowed, but South Carolina is 129th in sack rate allowed.
This matchup will hinge on South Carolina’s offensive line, and with the spread sitting between two touchdowns, the backdoor could be open if Rattler can put together a late drive.
There was a fair amount of hype surrounding Joe Milton III and the Volunteers’ offense entering the season, as Milton has a cannon for an arm and is very mobile.
However, while his passing stats look solid on paper, Milton is ranked as the 106th-best quarterback in the nation by PFF. Milton hasn’t been able to push the ball down the field with accuracy, but may have a shot at making some big-time throws in this matchup.
The Gamecocks’ secondary has been torched thus far; it ranks 121st in opponent completion percentage and 112th in yards per pass allowed.
Additionally, Tennessee’s offensive line will have a significant edge here. The Volunteers outrank South Carolina 10 to 49 in Line Yards, and South Carolina hasn’t generated much pressure.
Expect the Volunteers to move the ball efficiently both on the ground and through the air.
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Both offenses have avenues to success in this matchup, but the one key element we haven’t gone over is the tempo.
Tennessee is the fastest team in the country in terms of seconds per play, and South Carolina isn’t far behind at 37th.
So, with both offenses playing fast and moving the ball, we have a recipe for plenty of points.
Take the over.
Pick: Over 62.5 (Play to 63.5)
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