In one of the most anticipated SEC matchups of the 2023 season, the Tennessee Volunteers will travel to Gainesville, FL, to take on the Florida Gators during week three on Saturday, Sept. 16.
The Vols and the Gators will square off at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Tennessee and Florida will clearly not have the afternoon CBS game, which will instead be South Carolina at Georgia.
Tennessee is entering its third year under head coach Josh Heupel while the Florida Gators are entering year two under Billy Napier and his staff. The Vols defeated the Gators in Knoxville during the 2022 season by a score of 38-33 in a thrilling back-and-forth contest. Tennessee went on to go 11-2 with a victory in the Orange Bowl while Florida lost five of their final nine games after the loss in Knoxville, ending with a 6-7 record and a loss in the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl.
Tennessee’s win over Florida in 2022 snapped a five-game losing streak to the Gators and was the Vols’ second win against the SEC East rival over the last 18 matchups.
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ESPN’s Chris Low listed the Tennessee-Florida matchup as one of the most intriguing September games on the college football calendar earlier on Wednesday morning.
“The obvious question: If Heupel could do it in two years (especially in the shadow of an NCAA investigation), why can’t Napier?” Low wrote for ESPN on Wednesday. “Each team will have a new starting quarterback. And the Gators will be facing their second preseason top-15 team in the first three weeks of the season; they open at Utah on Aug. 31.”
Tennessee, meanwhile, does not have a Top 15 contest prior to the matchup against Florida.
The Vols will open the season against Virginia in Nashville at 12 noon ET on Saturday, Sept. 2.
Tennessee will then return home to Knoxville for a matchup against Austin Peay on Saturday, Sept. 9. The time for the Vols’ week two game has not been announced yet. Tennessee will then travel to Gainesville to take on the Gators at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Tennessee has an all-time record of 21-31 against Florida. The Vols will look to chip away at that record with a second-straight win over the SEC East rival at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 16 in Gainesville, Florida.
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