Florida vs. Tennessee Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Florida vs. Tennessee fearless prediction and game preview.
Florida (0-1) vs. Tennessee (2-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
With Georgia looking strong, and with South Carolina starting off hot, it’ll be a fight for the loser of this to have much of a shot at taking the East.
And neither team is coming into this looking particularly strong.
After all the problems and with all the issues going in throughout Florida, Gainesville is in just good enough shape to get the SEC season going. But what kind of shape are the Gators in?
After doing nothing against Michigan in a 33-17 loss that was a whole lot uglier than the final score, Florida didn’t play its warm-up game against Northern Colorado and now comes in with a whole lot of question marks.
How’s the quarterback rotation going to go, or will Feleipe Franks take this the whole way?
Will the suspended players from the Michigan be a part of the fun? Will the offense be any better, and will it have any more success than it did in Jerry World?
How will the team play with so much time off?
On the other side, Tennessee did its part with a great gut-check win over Georgia Tech and followed it up with a blowout over Indiana State. Now the Vols are looking for just their second win in the series since 2004, and their first in The Swamp since 2003.
This is still a team trying to work out the kinks, but the offense appears to be solid and the defense at least did okay against an overmatched Sycamore team.
With UMass up next to start a three-game home run, there’s a chance for Tennessee to all but end the East by the end of October 14th with a win this week, and against Georgia and South Carolina coming up.
Florida follows this up with its annual win over Kentucky, and then it’s back home for three straight home games.
As always, it’s one of the biggest games of the SEC season, and if nothing else, it’s a miracle that it’s being played with no changes.
One Reason Why Florida Will Win
Grind, grind, grind.
Florida might still be limited a bit with what it can do through the air – at least until Franks plays well – and there’s still a concern over the running game working after the Michigan problem. However, Tennessee’s defensive front can be moved on.
Georgia Tech went wild with its option, and Indiana State was able to move a little bit, too. If Florida can pound away and control the clock, the defense might be able to do the rest.
The banged up Vol receiving corps is just okay – RB John Kelly led the team in catches last week – and the Gator secondary should be able to come up with its share of big plays. There won’t be two pick-sixes like there were against the Wolverines, but Florida’s defensive backs should own the game at times.
One Reason Why Tennessee Will Win
No, really, can the Gator offense score?
Yeah, it’ll try getting physical and should be able to power up a bit, but this is the same team that got destroyed by the Michigan defensive front – gaining just 11 rushing yards – and with the passing game not going anywhere, either.
It shouldn’t take too many points to get by, and Tennessee should be able to get on the board with a balanced attack that should be just effective enough to control the game.
Kelly has been solid, QB Quinten Dormady is coming off a nice day against ISU, and as long as there aren’t a slew of big mistakes, the offense should be able to hold its own as long as the Gator O remains punchless.
What’s Going To Happen
Be stunned if this becomes any sort of an offensive fight.
The Tennessee defense is way too soft, but Florida doesn’t have the offensive pop to blow the game open. Even so, watch out for Franks to start running more than he did against Michigan, Malik Zaire will come in for a few snaps to make a splash, and the running game will take over and control the clock.
Tennessee’s defense will wear down as the game goes on as Florida comes up with an emotional win – even if it’s not a thing of beauty.
Florida vs. Tennessee Prediction
Florida 23, Tennessee 19
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