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It used to be that the winner of the Florida and Tennessee matchup would go on to decide the SEC East. That couldn’t be much further from the truth of late though, with the exception of Florida winning some conference championships. But the fact of the matter is that the Volunteers have not been very competitive over the last several seasons.
Just how insignificant?
Well, it reached a low point last season when Tennessee finished a dismal 1-7 in conference play.
But in 2012, the Volunteers started right out of the gate with a nice win over N.C State, and then cruised in their second game over an overmatched opponent. But the two performances together are enough for Tennessee to jump back into the top-25 for the first time since 2008.
Heck, it’s enough for College Gameday to pay a visit this week to Knoxville when those pesky Gators come to town this Saturday.
Not only that, it’s reason enough to tab the Volunteers as favorites in the matchup.
Tennessee vs Florida College Football betting odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set the Volunteers as field-goal favorites in the game over the Gators. To cover, Tennessee will need to win by at least four points, win a win by two point or less going the way of the Gators.
It’s been Florida who has dominated this series of late though. The Volunteers haven’t notched a win in this game since back in 2004. And you can bet the fans in Knoxville are ready to explode on Saturday night if Tennessee is able to get their first win in eight years of a bitter rival.
They definitely have the home field advantage, and the upper hand when it comes to the quarterback play. While Florida is still shaky at the position, the Volunteers are solidified behind sophomore Tyler Bray, who is arguably one of the top quarterbacks in the country.
For Tennessee to pull of this win, Bray will have to play well against a stingy Florida defense fresh off of a hard fought road win at Texas A&M last Saturday. One thing the Gators will not be is intimidated.
Florida and Tennessee kick off at 6pm ET on Saturday, with coverage picked up nationally by ESPN. Check out the betting odds for this game, plus the rest of the slate in Week 2 of college football below as seen on Bovada.