KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Through two-and-a-half quarters Saturday, it looked like Florida was on its way to a momentous win over SEC East rival Tennessee, one that would have vaulted the Gators up the rankings and changed some opinions nationally.
And then they allowed 38 straight points while blowing a 21-point lead on the way to a 38-28 loss to the Vols at Neyland Stadium.
So instead, Florida (3-1) drops four spots in the AP Top 25 poll to No. 23 this week while Tennessee (4-0) moves up three spots to No. 11. The Gators check in at No. 21 in the coaches poll after dropping five positions.
Florida goes back on the road this coming Saturday with a visit to Vanderbilt.
Here’s what Gators coach Jim McElwain had to say after the loss:
Here’s what quarterback Austin Appleby said:
Here’s what linebacker Alex Anzalone said: