Tennessee hasn't beaten Florida since 2004, but the surging Volunteers are looking to finally end their losing streak on the third Saturday in September this weekend.
In that game in 2004 at Neyland Stadium, the hosting Vols prevailed using a 50-yard field goal from kicker James Wilhoit with six seconds remaining in the contest.
Wilhoit ended up being the hero after nearly becoming responsible for a UT loss when he missed the tying extra point in the fourth quarter. However, this gaffe became moot when he banged home the game-winner.
Since then, Florida has outscored Tennessee 213-106 including 82-43 in Knoxville.
Now, the rivalry will head back to Neyland Stadium for a battle between two teams vying for the top spot in the SEC East.
The visiting Gators have relied on their defense in two close wins to begin the season. First UF overcame a slow start while juggling starting quarterbacks to take down Bowling Green 27-14. Next, despite the best efforts from a raucous crowd in College Station, Texas, the Gators were able to come from behind and top Texas A&M in its inaugural SEC game.
Meanwhile, Tennessee captured two decisive victories behind the arm of Tyler Bray. The junior netted 643 yards and six touchdowns in wins over North Carolina State and Georgia State. In two games, UT totaled 86 points, almost double that of UF's 47.
Players to Watch
Florida RB Mike Gillislee: The senior running back has been everything for the Gators on offense this year. He leads the SEC in rushing with 231 yards and four touchdowns. He'll be key as UF will look to ground and pound out another victory.
Tennessee QB Tyler Bray: Bray, meanwhile, is the SEC's top passer, averaging 321.5 yards per game. He had a rough time against the UF defense last year as he was sacked three times and forced into two interceptions—a performance he'll be looking to make up for this year.
Florida QB Jeff Driskel: Driskel doesn't have the most gaudy numbers so far this season, but after just one game as the full-time starter, he has the one number that counts: a 1-0 record. He also hasn't thrown an interception yet this year, so he'll need to continue to protect the ball and manage the game and UF will have a chance.
Tennessee WR Justin Hunter: Since the offseason departure of Da'Rick Rogers, Hunter has quickly become Bray's favorite target while vaulting to the No. 2 among SEC receivers, averaging 109.5 yards per game. Hunter and the speedy Cordarrelle Patterson will putting heavy pressure on the UF secondary all night.
Florida LB Antonio Morrison: Florida will be without defensive leader Jelani Jenkins for a few weeks after he suffered a broken thumb against TAMU. Morrison, a true freshman, will be called upon to take his place. The Bolingbrook, Ill. native is already third on the team with nine tackles and may be a blossoming star in Gainesville.
Tennessee LB A.J. Johnson: Johnson is the leading returning tackler from last season for UT after totaling 80 tackles to go with two fumble recoveries. He has nine tackles so far this season, so at the very least he'll need to continue that production. In all likelihood, Johnson will need to step it up a bit to contain Gillislee.
1. UF Secondary vs. UT Passing Offense: Bray, Hunter, Patterson and company will launch an all-out aerial assault on Florida. It will be up to Marcus Roberson, Matt Elam and company to slow them down. If they can't, it may be tough for the Gator offense to keep up.
2. Mike Gillislee's Health: Gillislee suffered a groin injury in the win over TAMU, but practiced this week and will play on Saturday. However, it remains to be seen how effective he will be given the nature of his injury. If he isn't 100-percent, the UF offense will almost undoubtedly struggle.
3. Can UT End the Streak?: The intangible advantage has to go to Tennessee in this game. In a rivalry matchup like this, it is extremely difficult for one team to dominate as long as Florida has. These two teams should be pretty evenly matched, but with the Vols playing to buck this negative trend, they just might have the upper hand psychologically.
Time, TV Coverage and More
Time and Place: 6 p.m. ET | Neyland Stadium | Knoxville, Tenn.
TV Coverage: ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN