A battle in the SEC on Saturday will feature the Tennessee Volunteers on the road at the Florida Gators. The 11th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers have won their first two games of the season. Tennessee beat up Virginia in the opener and then came back with a win over Austin Peay in Week 2.
For the Florida Gators, they are coming off a win over McNeese State following their Week 1 loss to the Utah Utes. The Tennessee Volunteers are favorites on the road in this game. Tennessee is listed at -5.5.
Gators Looking to Spring Big Upset
The Florida Gators could use a big upset in Week 3 of the season. The Gators are a team that could use all the positive momentum, and beating a Top 15 team would provide that.
Florida quarterback Graham Mertz, who came from Wisconsin, is off to a slow start under center. The signal-caller has thrown for just 526 yards and two touchdowns through the first two games. Ricky Pearsall has been his top target, with 14 receptions, 215 yards and a score.
When people ask what Florida does best, that is the biggest question. The passing game is 38th in the nation, and rushing is 62nd. The offense is 66th in the country, while the defense is just inside the Top 40.
The Gators have a nonconference game next, as they host Charlotte. After that, the Gators will play on the road at Kentucky.
Volunteers On the Verge of a Big Start
After back-to-back wins, this game at Florida could put the Volunteers in a big spot to start the season. Tennessee has home games against UTSA, South Carolina, and Texas+AM in their next three games. After that, the Volunteers are on the road at the Alabama Crimson Tide, which would be a massive College Football battle.
Joe Milton III is the leader of the offense. Despite that, he has not been overwhelming but has been solid for the Volunteers. He has thrown for 429 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
His top target has been Ramel Keyton, with eight receptions, 118 yards, and a touchdown on the season. The run game for the Volunteers has been solid, ranking 4th in all of College Football.
Jaylen Wright has rushed the football 25 times for 233 yards on the season. The Volunteers are scoring 39.5 points per game, which ranks 33rd in the nation, while the defense is 22nd, allowing 13 points per game.
Volunteers Smack Around Gators
The Tennessee Volunteers are too strong and too physical for Florida in this game. The offense is overpowering, and Florida will have a tough, almost impossible time keeping up.
Look for the Volunteers to pound the football on the ground early and often in this one. Tennessee gets to 30+, and the Gators only stay in the low 20’s. The Tennessee Volunteers win this game and cover the spread.
Take Tennessee -5.5 over Florida in College Football on Saturday.