TENNESSEE: The Volunteers are also a ideal 3-0 but like the Gators, they’re 1-2 against the spread.
The conventional wisdom about football is that it is hard to win games on the road, and hard to win games without a starting quarterback.
Florida all-SEC cornerback Jalen Tabor was suspended for last season’s game against Tennessee and has been one of the most vocal (and critical) Gators on the offseason hype that surrounded the Volunteers.
The Florida Gators travel up to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in a key SEC East game on Saturday. “I love it. There’s a reason I didn’t let you come to practice”. “And you know, he better go back it up, I guess, whatever he said”. “It’s something you’ve got to experience, you’ve got to be there”. “It breaks my heart that it had to come by an injury”. Garrett is expected to line up against Skipper for most of the game. The Vols hope to end that 11 year old losing streak this Saturday.
He has a reputation for having a stronger arm than Del Rio, but isn’t as accurate.
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Arkansas OT Dan Skipper vs. Texas AM DE Myles Garrett: The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Garrett is among the best pass rushers in the college game and finished last season with 19 1/2 tackles for a loss, including 12 1/2 sacks.
Tennessee: QB Joshua Dobbs: He was Tennessee’s leading rusher, passer and receiver in the Vols’ 28-27 loss at Florida last season.
“That’s a classic right there”, McElwain said of Wilson’s comment “I’ve got to find out what the heck that means. I know that we can’t be stopped”. Florida appears to be the much more relaxed and confident football team at this point. “I feel awful for him, especially how it happened”.
Similar to Tennessee’s quarterback play, the offensive line was a unit expected to show progress in 2016.
UT is 3-0 for the first time since 2004 after defeating OH on Saturday to claim its third non-conference victory.
A year ago, Dobbs had the ball in his hands with a chance to end the streak.
Just remember, the Volunteers needed overtime to knock off the Appalachian State Mountaineers in their season opener.
“I don’t think the game plan’s going to change at all”, Appleby said. Mike DeBord has to turn the playbook loose and allow these players to go make plays!
“We have great confidence that some individuals will step up”.
To Florida’s credit, the elite defense understands the Volunteers want to run the football. This rivalry is packed with passion and busting with storylines, mostly centering around the Vols and coach Butch Jones. “They make you earn everything that you get”. I think that’s healthy because our football team could have quit in some adverse situations and they never blinked, they’ve kept playing.
That is what Florida did in beating North Texas 32-0 last week. In three games that unit has allowed just 14 points and is one of three (Stanford and Miami are the others) that has allowed fewer than three touchdowns thus far this season. It was great to see those guys emerge and given the opportunity they will thrive. “Offensively, it’s the same thing”.
Florida will go into the game riding an 11-game winning streak in the series, but the last two games have been decided by just one point.
The Florida defense is likely to give the Vols a challenge they have not experienced this year. The Volunteers returned four starters and the overall depth and talent level has improved under coach Butch Jones.