Thanks to Tennessee’s 0-2 start, the annual Vols-Gators matchup won’t be getting the primetime or the CBS afternoon start that it usually demands. This year, it’s going to be a noon kick on either ESPN, ESPN2 or the SEC Network.
Florida, sitting at 2-0 after wins against Miami and Tennessee-Martin, currently sits at No. 9 in the AP Poll. The Gators have been favored by anywhere from 14-17 points all summer long as the early lines from Vegas leaked. You can probably expect that number to rise next week — especially with this game slated to be played in Gainesville.
Tennessee is 0-2 for the first time since 1988. Back to back devastating losses to Georgia State and BYU have doomed the season for the Volunteers before it really even began. They will get a chance to iron some things out against Chattanooga this week, but as we’ve all learned through two weeks — don’t take anything for granted.
The Gators capitalized on several early Tennessee mistakes to dominate last year’s matchup in Neyland Stadium. The last time these two teams met in the swap, Florida won in dramatic fashion, scoring on a last second hail mary to win in 2017.
Tennessee picked up its first win over Florida for the first time since 2004 back in 2016.