KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — There’s the 11-game winning streak over Tennessee, early control of the SEC East, a chance to validate the defense’s superlative start and, oh yeah, a new quarterback.
The matchup is ripe with story lines as No. 19 Florida (3-0) visits the No. 14 Vols (3-0) on Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.
Austin Appleby, a graduate transfer from Purdue, takes over at quarterback for Florida in place of injured starter Luke Del Rio. He’s thrown just 5 passes this season for the Gators and is something of an unknown for most fans entering this game.
The defense, meanwhile, leads the country in sacks (16) and total defense (129.7 yards per game allowed) and gets a chance to show that those numbers are reflective of more than just the Gators’ soft opening schedule.
And after pair of narrow 1-point victories the last two years over Tennessee, the Gators will try to extend the Vols’ frustration in the series with a 12th straight win.
Beyond that, here’s what you need to know to watch the game:
What time is the Florida vs. Tennessee game?
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Date: Sept. 24
Location: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
What TV channel is showing the game, and how to stream it online?
CBS will air the game, and it will be streamed on CBSSports.com.
Who is calling the game for CBS?
Veteran Verne Lundquist will handle the play-by-play, while Gary Danielson will provide color analysis. Allie LaForce will be the sideline reporter, and Craig Silver will produce the broadcast.