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Tennessee-Florida Betting Line Moving In Vols’ Favor As Kickoff Approaches

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Tennessee football was just four-point favorites over Florida when the adjusted game line came out Sunday afternoon following the Vols’ lackluster victory over Austin Peay.

But as we get closer-and-closer to kickoff, the line keeps moving in Tennessee’s favor. As of Thursday afternoon, Tennessee is up to 6.5-point favorites over the Gators, according to Caesars Sportsbook.

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The betting line has moved often and somewhat significantly over the past few months. The rivalry matchup was one of a number of SEC game lines that was announced this summer. At the time, Tennessee was 7.5-point favorites but that number jumped to 9.5-point favorites after Florida’s unimpressive loss against Utah in its season opener.

The game spread dropped all the way to four-points Sunday before rebounding this week to 6.5-points, just one point shy where it was this summer.

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Tennessee coach Josh Heupel provided Vol fans with good news Thursday, saying that he “anticipates” Tennessee center Cooper Mays making his 2023 season debut Saturday night at Florida. Mays, a Preseason All-SEC selection, missed the Vols’ first two games of the season after undergoing a “minor procedure” in August.

The Vols are looking for their first win in Gainesville since 2003 and their first back-to-back wins in the series since 2003-04. Florida is off to a slow start in Billy Napier’s first 15 games as head coach and desperately need this one to turn the tide of momentum early in his second season.

Kickoff from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville is at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe are on the call for ESPN.

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