The Baltimore Gators will be meeting to watch the UF-UT game at the Stained Glass Pub in Elkridge. Click here for directions.
In the spirit of our perennial match with the University of Tennessee here are some quick facts about this weekends game:
Facts about the Florida–Tennessee football rivalry:
- The Gators and Volunteers first met on the gridiron in 1916, and have competed in the same conference since Florida joined the now-defunct Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1912. However, a true rivalry has developed only relatively recently due to infrequent match-ups in past decades; in the first seventy-six years (1916–1991) of the series, the two teams met just twenty-one times.
- In 1992, when the Southeastern Conference (SEC) expanded to twelve universities and split into two divisions, Florida and Tennessee were both placed in the SEC’s Eastern Division, and have met annually on the football field since then. The rivalry quickly blossomed in intensity and importance, as both squads were perennial SEC and national championship contenders throughout the 1990s. The games’ national implications diminished in the 2000s, as first Florida and then Tennessee suffered through sub-par seasons. However, the intensity of each meeting still remains one of the highest in college football.
- Peyton Manning is 0-3 as a starter vs Florida.
- This marks the first time these two teams have played when both were ranked since 2007. Florida has won each of the last seven meetings in the head-to- head series since 2005.
- Tennessee is ranked for the first time since the opening week of the 2008 season. The Volunteers beat NC State in the opener, 35-21, and then followed that up with a 51-13 rout of Georgia State this past weekend. This is the second leg of a three-game homestand for the Vols.