Tennessee Opens As Big Underdog At Florida

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    The line for Tennessee’s week four matchup is out with Florida opening as 22-point favorites, according to CircaSports.

    Tennessee is 2-1 entering the matchup after a blowout win over Tennessee Tech. The Vols are 1-2 against the spread this season, not covering against Bowling Green or Pitt before covering as 40.5-point favorites against the Golden Eagles.

    Florida is 2-1 and coming off its first loss of the season, falling 31-29 at home to Alabama. Like Tennessee, the Gators are 1-2 against the spread this season. Florida covered against the Crimson Tide after not covering against USF or FAU.

    The week four matchup is the first SEC game and road game in the Josh Heupel’s tenure. The matchup with Florida is the first of seven straight conference matchups for the Vols.

    Tennessee enters the matchup with plenty of uncertainty at quarterback and elsewhere. Joe Milton missed the Tennessee Tech game due to an injury he suffered in the loss to Pitt. Hendon Hooker played the first three quarters against the Golden Eagles before Harrison Bailey played the fourth.

    If Milton can play and who starts if he can remains a major question for Tennessee entering Florida week.

    Seven Vols missed Saturday’s win due to injury and four Tennessee players exited the game with injuries including Cade Mays and Cedric Tillman.

    Florida beat Tennessee 31-19 last season at Neyland Stadium, but the Vols covered the 18-point spread.

    Tennessee and Florida will kick off at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at 7 p.m. ET. ESPN will broadcast the game.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.