Tennessee football 6-point underdog at Florida, winless at The Swamp since 2003
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is a 6-point underdog to Florida in a game scheduled to played at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday in Gainesville, according to Covers.com.
The No. 23-ranked Vols (2-0) have not won at The Swamp since 2003, when former Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen led UT to a 24-10 victory.
Last season, it was former Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs erupting in the second half, leading the Vols to 38 unanswered points as the Vols snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Gators with a 38-28 victory.
The No. 24-ranked Gators (0-1) lost their opener this season to No. 7-ranked Michigan 33-17, before canceling the game they had scheduled for Saturday against Northern Colorado because of Hurricane Irma.
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin has said the plan is to re-evaluate the scheduling and location for the Tennessee-Florida game after the storm has passed through Gainesville.
Tennessee has several players on its roster from the state of Florida, too, and coach Butch Jones said the Vols staff has reached out to all of them.
“We have been in touch with all of our Florida families,” Jones said. “We are going to help them and do everything we possibly can to assist them and their personal needs.”
While the Gators have been dealing with suspensions from off-field misconduct, Tennessee is once again battling injuries.
The Vols lost projected starting middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. and projected starting right tackle Chance Hall to injuries before the season kicked off last Monday with a 42-41 double-overtime win over Georgia Tech. Tennessee also dealt with the absence of go-to receiver Jauan Jennings, who did not play a snap in the second half of that game because of an injury to his left wrist.
Tennessee played without projected starting linebacker Austin Smith the past two games because of his knee injury, and slot receivers Tyler Byrd, Josh Smith and Latrell Williams were held out with injuries on Saturday.
Explosive kick-return artist Evan Berry also was held out of the Vols’ 42-7 win over Indiana State, as was starting tackle Marcus Tatum.
Starting cornerback Justin Martin left the win over the Sycamores with what Jones said was a shoulder stinger, but the coach said he could have returned if needed.