One of the most intense rivalries in college football is renewed this weekend, when the Florida Gators travel to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. Both teams enter the contest ranked in the AP Top 25, as the Gators check in at 20th, while the Volunteers are outside the top ten, at 11th.
Florida enters the meeting with a 2-1 record on the year. They outclassed Utah in their first meeting of the season in a highly anticipated matchup to open the year. That game served as perhaps 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. That outing propelled Richardson to the top of many mock drafts.
Since then, though, Richardson and the Gators’ offense have floundered. They lost to Kentucky in the second week of the season, with the quarterback completing just 14 of 35 passes for 143 yards and throwing a pair of interceptions in a 26-16 loss.
Last week, the Gators got back in the win column, beating South Florida by a final score of 31-28. But the game was much closer than expected and Richardson was in trouble again. He was 10-of-18 for 112 yards and threw two more interceptions.
He has yet to throw a touchdown pass this season.
Across the field, the Volunteers have been rolling this season. They opened the year with a 59-10 victory over Ball State, then went on the road to beat Pittsburgh in overtime with a final score of 34-27. They beat Akron last week in a 63-6 final, and enter Saturday’s game averaging 52 points per game.
Quarterback Hendon Hooker is a big part of his early success, and he could be playing in the quarterback draft discussion himself. On the year he has connected on 59 of his 85 pass attempts, for 844 yards and 6 touchdowns.
He has yet to throw an interception this season.
Weather: 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Transmission: FuboTV and any other streaming devices
Location: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee
spread: Tennessee is currently a 10.5-point favorite
That’s how it is, ESPN College Game Day heads to Knoxville for this SEC tilt. Coverage begins at 9:00 am ET live 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 live to take football fans to kickoff at noon. Like every week, they will be joined by a special guest to pick games.