Steve Spurrier wary of Volunteers

Updated: October 18, 2013, 2:04 PM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier isn't ready to crown his team just yet.

"We've not done enough to think we're hot stuff yet," Spurrier said. "We're not."

South Carolina is coming off a 52-7 victory at Arkansas that represented its most dominant performance of the season. South Carolina gained 537 total yards against Arkansas while allowing only 30 yards passing.

[+] EnlargeSteve Spurrier, Connor Shaw
Jeff Blake/USA TODAY SportsSteve Spurrier, Connor Shaw and South Carolina squeaked past Tennessee last season, 38-35.

Spurrier realizes the 11th-ranked Gamecocks (5-1, 3-1 SEC) have a tricky test Saturday when they put their four-game winning streak on the line at Tennessee (3-3, 0-2). The Volunteers nearly stunned Georgia in its last game and scared the heck out of South Carolina in Columbia a year ago.

"We know we've got to play well to beat Tennessee," Spurrier said. "We have to play really well."

Tennessee is coming off a bye week, which gave the Vols extra time to study South Carolina.

"They just played with a lot more effort the last game," Tennessee offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James said. "We all watched their film from earlier games, and we saw a different team against Arkansas."

Tennessee has lost 19 straight games against ranked opponents and has dropped 16 of its last 18 SEC contests, but the Vols have reason to believe they could pull the upset after almost doing it last year.

Tennessee was driving for a potential game-tying or go-ahead score until Jadeveon Clowney recorded a sack and forced a fumble to preserve the Gamecocks' 38-35 victory.

The Gamecocks have heard Spurrier's message.

"It's a tough conference," South Carolina linebacker Sharrod Golightly said. "You've got to bring your game every week. No mercy."

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