Tennessee-Florida in December. Weird right? 2020 has brought us an all SEC schedule, while shuffling some traditional dates around. The biggest shift on Tennessee’s schedule without a doubt was this one, as the Vols and Gators will now meet with some potential snow in the forecast.
Florida, the 6th ranked team in the latest AP Poll, currently sits at 7-1. Tennessee is 2-5, coming off of another bye week after the Vanderbilt matchup was postponed. The Gators handled Kentucky, pulling away in the second half to win 34-10.
The Gators, winners of 14 of the last 15 over Tennessee, are favored by 17 points.
After using their six-day option last week, the SEC finalized kickoff times and television designations on Sunday. Tennessee-Florida will be one of two national games carried by CBS, with kickoff set for the network’s traditional 3:30 p.m. ET time slot.
Alabama-LSU will also be shown on CBS, kicking off at 8 p.m. ET. Tennessee-Florida will be called by Carter Blackburn and Aaron Murray, while Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson will be in Baton Rouge.
The game will be Tennessee’s first in Knoxville in six weeks, as COVID has continued to shuffle the schedule of most teams around the country. The Volunteers have games against Texas A&M and Vanderbilt left after Florida.
It’s another big spot for Jeremy Pruitt, who is looking to bounce back after another tough loss two weeks ago against Auburn. The problem is, Kyle Trask, Kyle Pitts and the rest of the Florida offense are one of the best units in the country.
We’ll have much more on this matchup as the week unfolds.