The game isn’t for another two months, but Florida’s matchup with Tennessee in September keeps getting more interesting.
Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor threw out more bulletin board material for the Vols on The B/R Spolight Show on Sirius XM on Tuesday, saying he’s not worried about the hype Tennessee is getting before the season.
“I mean, I don’t know how many times you have to beat somebody over 10 years plus in a row for them to just really own up,” Tabor said, according to GatorBait.net’s Thomas Goldkamp. “It’s just, I mean, I’ve never been beaten 11 years in a row by one team or one person, so I wouldn’t know how that feels.”
Tennessee comes into the season with high expectations. The Vols were picked to win the East in the SEC preseason poll at media days. That hasn’t been received well by Tabor and the Gators, who won the division last year.
Florida squeaked by Tennessee in 2015 for a 28-27 win to extend its 11-year winning streak over the Vols. But Tabor said the Gators expect to beat them every year, no matter what the circumstances.
“Tennessee, they’ve got a good program, got a good coach, got a few good players,” Tabor said, according to Goldkamp. “But at the end of the day, if you want to win the East, you’ve got to come through the Gators. Tennessee is one of those teams like no matter how much they get up on us, we just feel like we’re going to win that game at the end of the day.”
Tabor is doubling down on his prediction from last week that the Gators would beat the Vols again this year. Tennessee, for its part, has yet to bite.
“That’s not the temperament of our team,” Tennessee Reeves-Maybin told the Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson at media days. “And if that’s them, there’s no problem with that, but that’s their temperament, that’s his temperament. … That’s not what we do. It’s not about being chatty for us.”