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Tennessee opens as a big underdog against Florida

NCAA Football: Florida at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Florida week. We’re kicking things off a day earlier this year with Tennessee having another surprise Saturday off. The Volunteers saw their game against Vanderbilt postponed this week, joining the Texas A&M matchup from a couple of weeks back.

That means the next scheduled game will come against Florida next Saturday, December 5th. The Gators are in action this week against Kentucky.

Tennessee was able to find some success last weekend against Auburn, but ultimately came unraveled after another devastating pick six from senior quarterback Jarrett Guarantano. Jeremy Pruitt’s plans at quarterback for the remainder of the season are unclear, but as we’ve seen, he’s stubbornly stuck with his veteran passer to this point.

Florida, on the other hand, might just have the hottest quarterback in the country. Kyle Trask has shot to the top of the Heisman odds over the last couple of weeks, churning out touchdown after touchdown for Mullen’s offense. The Gators are powered by that group, overcoming a defense that has proven to be more than leaky for the majority of 2020.

The Gators, ranked 6th in the country, once again appear to be set to continue their dominance in their series against Tennessee. The oddsmakers certainly agree, installing Florida as a 17.5 point road favorite over the Volunteers, per FanDuel sportsbook.

Florida has won 14 of the last 15 games against Tennessee with their lone loss coming back in 2016. Jeremy Pruitt is 0-2 in the rivalry game, losing 34-3 last season and 47-21 in 2018. He enters this game in a seemingly impossible situation, badly needing to stop the bleeding against one of the best teams in the country.

Kickoff time and the television designation for this game will be announced on Sunday.