Tennessee vs. Florida fearless prediction and game preview.
Tennessee vs. Florida Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 21
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
Tennessee (1-2) vs. Florida (3-0) Game Preview
Why Tennessee Will Win
Is Kyle Trask really ready to handle the offense?
Feleipe Franks might not have been unstoppable, but he was the veteran leader who ran for Gator offense. He went out against Kentucky with a bad leg injury, and Trask stepped in and saved the day. Now the Vols know what they’re dealing with.
As ugly as things have been at times for the Vols in the 1-2 start, the secondary hasn’t been all that bad, coming up with four picks in the blowout win over Chattanooga last week. Offensively, Tennessee has to control the tempo and has to move the chains.
Florida is just okay at stopping teams on third downs, Tennessee is decent at converting on the key downs, and time of possession will matter. So far, the Gators aren’t controlling the clock, and the Vols are.
Why Florida Will Win
And here comes the pass rush.
The Gators only came up with one sack last week, but they dominated Miami to start the season and have the line to live in the backfield all game long. The Tennessee offensive line hasn’t been miserable, but it’s not a rock – the offense can’t handle the slightest bit of pressure or disruption.
So what’s Tennessee’s biggest problem? Florida might be no big deal at stopping teams on third downs, but the Vols really can’t hold down offenses and keep them off the field.
Offenses are converting 45% of the time on third downs, and Florida isn’t going to do anything crazy. It’ll pound with the running game, give Trask easy throws to make, and the O should go on plenty of long marches.
What’s Going To Happen
Florida has won 13 of the last 14 in the series and hasn’t lost to the Vols in Gainesville since 2003.
Is this the time when Tennessee turns the program around with a brilliant performance to go 1-0 in SEC play? No, but it’s a better team than you think.
The Gator defense hasn’t been the brick wall rock is should be, and the offense is turning the ball over a bit too often. Florida will win without too much drama, but it’ll also screw up just enough to keep Tennessee barely alive for a full four quarters.
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Tennessee vs. Florida Prediction, Line
Florida 34, Tennessee 17
Line: Florida -14, o/u: 49
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 3
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