There is no love lost between Florida and Tennessee even if the teams rallied together to make this game happen with Hurricane Irma in the rear-view. The Gators and Vols will indeed go head-to-head as planned in Gainesville, Florida, as UT has decided to send two dozen officers along with the team to serve in gameday roles in aid of the local police department. Those will likely be the only niceties on Saturday.
Florida is looking for revenge on Tennessee after giving up 38 straight points a year ago as the Vols rallied late and ended the Gators’ 11-game winning streak in the series. UF’s offense looks unimproved despite it being a focus of the offseason. This will serve as the program’s home opener — in lieu of the cancelled Northern Colorado game last week — as it looks to avoid an 0-2 start for the first time since 1971. Meanwhile, Tennessee whipped Indiana State a week ago after being taken to the brink by Georgia Tech in a thrilling overtime affair in the final game of Week 1. Butch Jones’ hot seat has not cooled off just yet, but a second-straight win over Florida may give him all the ammunition he needs this season.
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