The Gators and Vols enter Saturday stained with one loss each, but Saturday's contest signals the teams' start to an untested crusade: conference play.
Both squads unwrap their SEC seasons in The Swamp for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff, marking their 43rd meeting in their schools' histories. No. 19 Florida clutches the series advantage (23-19) and is cruising on an eight-game winning streak against Tennessee—a series best. Most recently, UF topped UT, 37-20 last year in Knoxville.
The Gators (1-1) play host fresh off a bye week, when they spent two days strictly on themselves following a mistake-ridden, undisciplined drop to Miami. UF Coach Will Muschamp told the media Monday the team spent the beginning of last week with an internal focus before shifting sights on the Vols.
Though Florida boasts a break from competition, Tennessee (2-1) comes into the contest with an open wound from Oregon's 59-14 beating in Week 3. However, prior to that, the Vols had chalked up two blowouts of their own in a 45-0 win versus Austin Peay and a 52-20 victory over Western Kentucky.
Will The Vols seize Saturday's opportunity to redeem themselves after their loss to Oregon? Or will Florida continue its winning streak against the Vols and benefit from additional prep time? It's their first conference test of the season, and both still have plenty to prove.
When: Saturday, Sept. 21; 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
Radio: Siruis 91, XM 91,
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