This SEC East rivalry is getting the College Gameday treatment on Saturday as the No. 20 Florida Gators head north to meet the No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN, and will air on CBS.
Florida (2-1) flirted with danger against USF last week, barely escaping a huge upset at home with a 31-28 victory. The Gators were on the ropes throughout the evening in the Swamp, but capitalized on a Bulls turnover deep into the fourth quarter when running back Trevor Etienne punched in the go-ahead touchdown. USF threatened to tie or win the game on the following drive before a pair of bad snaps allowed the Gators to survive.
Tennessee (3-0) did exactly what was expected of it in hammering Akron 63-6 last Saturday. Wide receiver Jaylin Hyatt was a game breaker for the Vols, catching five targets for 166 yards and two touchdowns in the tune up game victory.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Florida: 33rd overall, 22nd offense, 53rd defense
Tennessee: 8th overall, 3rd offense, 39th defense
OL David Conner - Questionable (Thumb)
CB Jaydon Hill - Questionable (Knee)
TE Arlis Boardingham - Questionable (Upper body)
LB Ventrell Miller - Questionable (Lower body)
WR Cedric Tillman - Questionable (Lower body)
TE Miles Campbell - Questionable (Undisclosed)
Against The Spread
Florida: 1-2 ATS
Tennessee: 3-0 ATS
Florida: Over 2-1
Tennessee: Over 2-1
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Florida: 100th overall, 106th offense, 61st defense
Tennessee: 19th overall, 14th offense, 66th defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Tennessee -11
Moneyline: Tennessee -360, Florida +295
Opening line: Tennessee -7.5
Opening total: 62.5
Many of Florida’s problems were exposed last week, including its inability to stop the run. On top of that, quarterback Anthony Richardson has had back-to-back below average performances and that should be a concern for the Gators moving forward. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s offense is cruising with quarterback Hendon Hooker operating the controls and should have the personnel to exploit UF’s problems even more. This game could get ugly so lay it with the Vols.
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