Upcoming UT opponents South Carolina, Missouri, Auburn climb in AP poll

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — November is shaping up to be nearly as hard as October for the Vols.

Future opponents Missouri and Auburn surged in the Associated Press poll released on Sunday.

Missouri (6-0, 2-0 SEC) climbed 11 spots to No. 14 after beating Georgia in Athens. The Vols play at Mizzou on Nov. 2.

Auburn (5-1, 2-1) moved into the poll at No. 24 after routing Western Carolina. The Vols host Auburn Nov. 9 at Neyland Stadium.

Tennessee (3-3, 0-2) plays No. 11 South Carolina (5-1, 3-1) on Saturday (TV: ESPN, noon) at Neyland Stadium. The Gamecocks moved up three spots after thrashing Arkansas on Saturday.