Vols among best in nation at protecting their QB

JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: Nov. 1, 2014 (Image 1)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – During a season when so much else has gone wrong for Tennessee, the Volunteers are doing one thing better than nearly every other team in the nation.

Tennessee has allowed only three sacks, tied with North Texas and Oklahoma State for the second-lowest total of any Football Bowl Subdivision program. The only team to allow fewer sacks is Air Force.

This vastly improved offensive line faces its toughest challenge of the season Saturday when the Vols (3-4, 0-4 SEC) face No. 17 South Carolina, which leads the Southeastern Conference with 29 sacks. The Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2) boast Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor, who have combined for 33 ½ career sacks and 59 tackles for loss.

South Carolina averages more sacks per game (3.63) than Tennessee has allowed all year.

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