Florida and Tennessee will play as scheduled in Gainesville this weekend despite complications from Hurricane Irma, but it won’t happen without a little bit of teamwork.
Tennessee’s campus police is sending a portion of its force to UF this weekend to assist with game day operations.
— UF Public Safety (@UFPublicSafety) September 12, 2017
Brother (UTPD) says half the department is going down to Gainesville to help with the game. Teamwork makes the dream work guys ❤️
— Kristen Botica (@KristenBotica) September 12, 2017
Among other things, the extra police will be useful in controlling the influx of traffic. Florida AD Scott Stricklin has already warned fans to arrive early if they want to avoid jams.
The game, scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET, will be Tennessee’s home opener after its Week 2 game against Northern Colorado was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.
The winner of this game will take control of the SEC East. Tennessee won last year’s matchup, but it was its first win int he series since 2004. The Gators hold the all-time series advantage 26-20.