Tennessee's College Football Playoff hopes extinguished in blowout loss to South Carolina


COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 5 Tennessee’s hopes for a College Football Playoff bid disappeared in a 63-38 loss to South Carolina as fans stormed the field on Saturday night. 

The Vols (9-2, 5-2 SEC) were helpless on defense, falling behind 35-17 in the first half. And their No. 1-ranked offense was off just enough to slow a rally.

South Carolina (7-4, 4-4) was unstoppable and spoiled what had been Tennessee’s best season since 1998’s national title run.

It capped a crazy day for College Football Playoff contenders. No. 3 Michigan beat Illinois on a last-second field goal. No. 4 TCU did the same to defeat Baylor. And No. 2 Ohio State staved off an upset from Maryland.

But Tennessee was the only team that didn’t escape.

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Here are five observations from Tennessee’s loss amid a sellout crowd of 79,041 at Williams-Brice Stadium: 


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