The is the 24th time the two teams have both been ranked when meeting. Florida is 15-8 in those Top 25 showdowns.
The Vols (2-0) beat Indiana State last week and edged Georgia Tech 42-41 in double overtime in Week 1. The Gators (0-1) lost their opener against Michigan 33-17 in Arlington, Texas, and had their second game canceled because of Hurricane Irma.
Tennessee-Florida, Week 3 betting odds
Florida is a 4-point favorite, according to MyBookie. The over/under is 48.5 points.
Tennessee-Florida betting picks
Mike Griffith’s pick: Florida 24, Tennessee 17
“Teams appear evenly matched in terms of talent and working in new quarterbacks, so Gators are the pick based on intangibles such as home field and having fresher legs.”
Blake Morgan’s pick: Tennessee 21, Florida 10
“Tennessee has struggled to find consistency on the offensive end this season, but it will find its footing quicker than Florida in a sloppy game in Gainesville.”
Dustin Dopirak’s pick: Tennessee 17, Florida 10
“Every year since 2014 when I started covering the beat, I thought Tennessee had the more talented team in this matchup. I think so again this year. But I’ve been proven wrong before.”
Josh Ward’s pick: Florida 17, Tennessee 16
“This game will likely come down to which team protects the football and makes the fewest mistakes. The Gators have the edge in that battle, thanks to the home crowd.”
Tennessee-Florida betting preview
- Florida leads the all-time series 26-20. The Gators owned an 11-game winning streak until the Vols won last season 38-28 in Knoxville, Tenn.
- The Gators own a 13-5 advantage in Gainesville, where the game will be played Saturday, Sept. 16.
- The last time Tennessee won at The Swamp was 2003, when Jabari Davis ran for two touchdowns in a 24-10 victory.
- Tennessee coach Butch Jones is 32-21 with the Vols and 14-18 in the SEC. They are 18-8 overall the past two seasons and 9-7 in league games.
- If you’re looking for trends Saturday, teams coached by Jones are 67-6 when leading at halftime and 57-10 when leading after the first quarter.