Jeremy Pruitt has his biggest test yet as Tennessee’s head coach when Florida comes to town on Saturday.
Tennessee is coming off a 24-0 win over UTEP while the Gators are coming off a 48-10 win over Colorado State. In the Gators’ win over the Rams, Florida allowed 310 yards of offense – 70 coming on the ground and 240 coming through the air. Colorado State was just 8-of-20 on third down while turning the football over three times.
Through three games this season, Florida’s defense ranks 9th in the SEC, allowing opponents to average 329.7 yards per game. The Gators are allowing opponents to rush for 198.3 yards per game, third-most in the conference. Through the air, opponents are throwing for an average of 131.3 yards per game, ranking the Gators’ secondary best in the SEC.
Similar to Florida’s offense, its defense isn’t the defense it once was, but the Gators have pieces that can make life hard on Tennessee’s offense. These are the three things Tyson Helton’s offense needs to accomplish on Saturday in order to start off SEC play with a win.