For the 49th time overall and the 30th-straight year, Tennessee and Florida are set to meet on the football field.
The Vols (1-2) and No. 9 Gators (3-0, 1-0 SEC) will play their annual rivalry game on Saturday in Gainesville, Florida. Tennessee will be playing their first SEC game of the season, while Florida will look to improve to 2-0 in conference play after coming back and beating Kentucky last weekend.
The Gators will be starting a new quarterback on Saturday. Starter Feleipe Franks suffered a season-ending injury in Florida’s win over Kentucky, and redshirt junior Kyle Trask filled in for him and helped lead UF to their 29-21 victory over the Wildcats. Trask is expected to start against the Vols, marking his first career collegiate start. Redshirt freshman Emory Jones is expected to play during the game as well.
Tennessee has lost two-straight games to Florida and has failed to beat the Gators in 13 of their last 14 overall contests against them. In fact, the Vols haven’t won in Gainesville since 2003, losing seven-straight games in The Swamp since their last victory there.
Overall, the Vols are just 2-11 in Gainesville since the SEC expanded and split into divisions in 1992. That’s when Tennessee and Florida started playing on an annual basis, though the two teams did meet in back-to-back years in 1990 and 1991 before the divisional split.
Take a look at what we’re “buying and selling” about the game, the five biggest things you need to keep an eye on during the game, and our “by the numbers” look at the match-up. Also be sure to check out our opponent preview and our score predictions for the game. You can also listen to our interview with Graham Hall of the Gainesville Sun to get a firsthand breakdown of the Gators.
If you can’t make it to down to Gainesville, here’s how you can watch or listen to the Vols’ match-up with the Florida Gators.
Kickoff: Noon Eastern, September 21st, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, FL)
TV: ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams)
Streaming Online: ESPN.com/Watch, ESPN app
Radio: Vol Network, XM 385
Line: Florida (-14)