One conference mainstay faces an up-and-coming foe as the 18th ranked Florida Gators battle the No. 23th Tennessee Volunteers in Southeastern Conference play Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
The game begins at 6pm on ESPN and you can watch a live online stream at ESPN3.
Florida comes off a 20-17 victory over Texas A&M where the passing game proved lackluster. Quarterback Jeff Driskel was accurate going 13-for-16 but only for 162 yards, and the Gators ended up with less total yards then the Aggies. Running back Mike Gillislee was the Gators offense, rushing for 83 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
Gillislee put the Gators ahead for good with a 12-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and the Aggies never put together another scoring drive.
Florida was able to capitalize on nine penalties for 78 yards against Texas A&M, and saw a bump in the national rankings are a result.
Tennessee demolished Georgia State 51-13 last week with wide receiver Justin Hunter tying a school record with three touchdown catches in a single game. The Volunteers offense notched 558 total yards on the night.
Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray went 18-for-20 for 310 yards and four touchdowns with no picks. Tennessee blew the game open in the second quarter when Hunter caught two of his touchdowns off 25 yard and 11 yard passes from Bray for a 28-6 advantage.
Tennessee, who is ranked for the first time since 2008, hopes to snap a losing streak to Florida, as the Gators have won every meeting since 2004.
Betting Odds: Tennessee is favored by 3 points; Over/Under: 48
Prediction: Florida will have to kick start their passing game Saturday, with Gillislee nursing a sore groin. Tennessee is riding high on their new top ranking and will present a strong challenge to the Gators.
Predicted Score: Tennessee 24, Florida 17
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