Florida vs. Tennessee
Tennessee U +7½ vs. Florida.
It’s a beast weekend when you look at the SEC, because of the LSU-Auburn matchup advantageous to early control over the western Division therefore the Florida-Tennessee winner getting a knee up within the East Division.
The Vols haven’t beaten Florida since Urban Meyer came to Gainesville and were outclassed 59-20 last year. UF linebacker Brandon Spikes set up some bulletin-board product this week in remembering last year’s blowout.
“They sort of gave up,” Spikes said. “We saw all of them surrender. They quit playing.”
Also, bettors tend to be bailing regarding Vols, who are +7.5 on WagerWeb.com, after seeing the team that Tennessee destroyed to in its opener, UCLA, get destroyed 59-0 a week ago to BYU.
With Tennessee from the AP Top 25, it’s the 1st time since 1984 that only one among these rivals gets in their September showdown rated – UF is rated No. 4.
Anticipate Tennessee to try and pound the ball on Saturday with RBs Arian Foster and Montario Hardesty – especially with QB Jonathan Crompton completing simply over 50per cent of their passes and throwing three interceptions in the first two games.
“Our quarterback making good, fast choices is a location we must improve,” stated UT advisor Phil Fulmer.
But if Tennessee can in some way get a handle on the clock and keep Tim Tebow and the Florida offense from the field, the Vols have actually a go. They rushed for 266 yards in last week’s win against UAB – but that’s UAB.
“We think [Tennessee’s] intent is to operate right at us,” stated Meyer. “How our interior protective line executes are going to be vital.”
Foster features 17 carries for 39 yards in three job games up against the Gators, who possess limited Tennessee to 92 yards on 69 carries over their particular last three group meetings. The Vols haven’t had a rushing play longer than six yards against Florida within the last few two matchups.
Florida, at the same time, has actually unpleasant tools at every position, but perhaps not one much more interesting than Percy Harvin. The junior wide receiver additionally lines up at tailback usually. Last year, Harvin was a nightmare the Vols, scoring a TD and rushing nine times for 75 yards and catching four passes for 120 yards.
This week, Harvin said he could be since healthy while he was since their sophomore year in highschool and that the mentoring staff had been prepared to “cut me loose.”
“Yeah, we’re planning to include him more this week,” Meyer stated. “That’s a hell of a toy. That’s a talented guy.”
With a supplementary few days to prepare and much more talent at every high-profile position, the Gators will enhance to 4-0 in past times four meetings from the Vols and 3-1 ATS because exact same stretch.
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