One of college football’s most intense rivalries is renewed this weekend when the Florida Gators travel to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. Both teams compete in the AP Top 25 as the Gators check in at 20 while the Volunteers sit just outside the top ten in 11th place.
Florida goes into the meeting with a 2-1 record. They defeated Utah in their first meeting of the season in a highly anticipated matchup to open the year. That game perhaps served as quarterback Anthony Richardson’s breakout party as he completed 17 of 24 passes for 168 yards and added another 106 rushing yards on 11 carries. This outing propelled Richardson to the forefront of many mock drafts.
Since then, however, Richardson and the Gators offensive has stuttered. They lost to Kentucky in the second week of the season, and the quarterback completed just 14 of 35 passes for 143 yards and threw two interceptions in the 26-16 loss.
Last week, the Gators returned to the Victory Column, defeating South Florida by a final score of 31-28. But the game was much closer than expected, and Richardson struggled again. He batted for 112 yards on 10 of 18 passes and threw two more interceptions.
He has yet to throw a touchdown pass this season.
The volunteers rolled on the other side of the field this season. They opened the year with a 59-10 win over Ball State and then went on to beat Pittsburgh in overtime by a final score of 34-27. They beat Akron in a 63-6 final last week and go into Saturday’s encounter averaging 52 points per game.
Quarterback Hendon Hooker is a big part of their early success and may be playing into the draft quarterback discussion. This year he has 59 of his 85 attempts for passes for 844 yards and 6 touchdowns.
He has yet to throw an interception this season.
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
stream: FuboTV and any other streaming device
location: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee
Spread: Tennessee is currently a 10.5-point favorite
That’s correct, ESPN College Game Day is headed to Knoxville for this SEC tilt. Coverage begins live at 9:00 a.m. ET from Ayres Hall Lawn, just steps from Neyland Stadium. Rece Davis, Lee Corso Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Pat McAfee, Jess Sims and more will be there live to take football fans through to the midday kick-off. As every week, they will be accompanied by a special guest to choose games.