Checker Neyland Returning For Tennessee-Florida

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    Checker Neyland is back.

    Tennessee is checkering Neyland Stadium for the sixth time in this Saturday’s matchup against Florida.

    Fans in each section of Neyland Stadium will wear either orange-or-white clothing to make the stadium reflect the Shield-Watkins Field end zone design.

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    This will be Tennessee’s sixth Checker Neyland game and its third against Florida. The Vols fell to the Gators, 10-9, in the inaugural Checker Neyland game in 2014 before beating Florida, 38-28, in 2016.

    The 2016 win over the Gators is Tennessee’s lone Checker Neyland victory. The Vols dropped Checker Neyland games to Oklahoma (2015), Georgia (2017) and Ole Miss (2021).

    Tennessee enters the matchup against Florida 3-0— the program’s best start to the season since 2016. The Vols are in the nation’s top 15 after a strong week two win over then-No. 17 Pitt and lopsided victories over outmatched Ball State and Akron.

    Florida is 2-1, earning a statement victory over then-No. 7 Utah before falling at home to Kentucky and narrowly escaping South Florida Saturday night. The Gators used a fourth quarter touchdown to take the lead before a USF field goal missed wide right to end the game.

    Kick off between the Vols and Gators is at 3:30 p.m. ET. Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson are on the call for CBS’ SEC Game of the Week.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.