After having its originally scheduled home opener wiped out by Hurricane Irma last weekend, Florida will instead debut in The Swamp today against SEC rival Tennessee.
Prior to the cancellation with FCS foe Northern Colorado, the No. 24 Gators (0-1) were hoping to use that tune-up contest as an opportunity to build confidence for their beleaguered offensive line and redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks.
Instead, it’s straight into SEC play they go as the No. 23 Vols (2-0) visit Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
There was some uncertainty earlier in the week, after Irma passed through Gainesville, whether the game would stay in The Swamp, but officials announced Tuesday the stadium was indeed ready for its first game day of the season.
Florida, which returned to practice Tuesday, will be looking to renew some optimism and confidence for its season after a dismal debut in a 33-17 loss to Michigan two weekends ago in Arlington, Texas.
Tennessee, meanwhile, rolls into town with the momentum of back-to-back wins to start the season. The Vols opened with a 42-41 overtime win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta, prevailing despite being outgained 655 yards to 369 and possessing the ball less than half the time of the Yellow Jackets. They then handled business last weekend with a 42-7 win over FCS foe Indiana State.
Both teams have introduced new quarterbacks this season.
For Florida, Franks completed 5 of 9 passes for 75 yards in his collegiate debut against Michigan before being replaced in the third quarter by graduate transfer Malik Zaire (9-of-17 passing for 106 yards).
For the Vols, junior Quinten Dormady has completed 60 percent of his passes for 415 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception, while redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano (4 of 12 for 41 yards, 1 touchdown) got into the game last year.
Last season, Tennessee snapped an 11-game losing streak to Florida with a come-from-behind 38-28 win in Knoxville, Tenn.
Florida remains without nine suspended players, including star running back Jordan Scarlett and wide receiver Antonio Callaway.
What time is the Florida-Tennessee game?
The Florida-Tennessee game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. today at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Florida officials have encouraged fans to allow extra time to get to the game due to post-storm traffic concerns throughout the state.
What channel is showing the Florida-Tennessee game?
The Florida-Tennessee game will air on CBS with Brad Nessler on the play-by-play call, Gary Danielson as the analyst and Allie LaForce as the sideline reporter.
The game is available on satellite radio on Sirius Channel 138 and XM Channel 191.
How can I watch the Florida-Tennessee game online?
The Florida-Tennessee game can be streamed online via CBS here.