The wait is over. Game day is here. No. 11 Tennessee (3-0) hosts No. 20 Florida (2-1, 0-1 SEC) on Saturday inside a sold-out Neyland Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm ET on CBS in the SEC Game of the Week.
Lace nessler, Gary Danielson Y Jenny dell will be on the CBS call. Along with the CBS telecast, the game can be streamed online via Paramount+ for smart devices.
Vol Network’s radio feed can be heard on affiliates across the state (see full list of affiliates here), including WIVK-FM 107.7 and WNML-FM 99.1 in Knoxville. On satellite radio, the game can be found on Sirius Channel 106, XM Channel 192, and Channel 963 on the Sirius XM app.
Tennessee enters the game as a 10.5-point favorite after starting the season with wins at home over Ball State (59-10), Akron (63-6) and at Pitt (34-27, OT). It’s the largest differential in the Vols’ favor in this series since at least 1997, with the previous largest being 5.5.
The Gators, who were 19-point favorites against Tennessee in Gainesville a year ago, began the season on Sept. 3 with a 29-26 victory over a Utah team that, at the time, was ranked No. 7 nationally. . Kentucky beat Florida a week later at The Swamp, 26-16, and the Gators escaped with a 31-28 home win over South Florida last week.
It will be the first road start for the second-year quarterback from Florida anthony richardson and the first road game under Gator’s first-year head coach billy napper.
ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcast live from the lawn of Ayres Hall on The Hill on the Tennessee campus from 9 a.m. to noon ET. It’s the first time since 2016, when the Vols beat Florida 38-28, that the GameDay set has been in Tennessee.
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Here’s what Tennessee’s sophomore coach had to say jose heupel said of Thursday’s game:
ON HOW THEIR PLAYERS HAVE HANDLED THE WEEK WITH A LOT MORE FOCUS AROUND THE MATCH
“At the beginning of the week there is a little extra. There’s also probably a little (extra) here at the end of the week, Friday afternoon, before we get to Saturday. Our boys have been very good. The approach has been very good. The practices have been intentional in the way they have approached it. The next 48 hours, continuing our preparation and finishing our preparation, will be a big part of it. The noise outside, the opportunity that is here, you work to have these opportunities. Earlier in the week, I told our players to enjoy the fact that we have this opportunity. But that has nothing to do with how we play. We have to prepare in the right way and we’ve been pretty good up to this point, so we have to finish it.”
ON WHY HE TELL HIS PLAYERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY, NOT TO BLOCK THE NOISE
“Because it is impossible to block out noise in today’s world. It is absolutely impossible, so they are going to see it and listen to it. You can’t let it affect what matters, which is your preparation. Everyone is going to want to win on game day. You have to do whatever it takes to win, so I think that’s important. Our kids should be and are excited about this one. It’s always important when we play in Florida, so accept that at the beginning of the week and then be consistent. If you were in the practice, the energy, you’ve heard me talk, it’s not much different, man. We are professionals in our approach. Our children understand much better how to prepare. Now we have to finish it and go play.”