UF vs Tennessee Game Preview

By on September 21, 2016. Posted in .

Gators Face Tough Road Test in Looking to Continue Streak at Tennessee

The No. 19- ranked Florida Gators face their first road test of the year after hosting three straight games when they travel to Knoxville to take on the 14th–ranked Tennessee Volunteers in a marquee matchup on Saturday afternoon.  Kick-off at Neyland Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. with the game airing live nationally on CBS.  The Baltimore Gator Club will host its weekly game watch at The Greene Turtle at McHenry Row for the contest, so come out in your best Gator BLUE and cheer on Florida as they take on Tennessee.

The Greene Turtle
McHenry Row
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, Md. 21230

Florida (3-0, 1-0 SEC) continued its unbeaten start with a 32-0 shutout of North Texas last Saturday night at the Swamp.  The victory came at a cost though as starting quarterback Luke Del Rio left the game in the second half after taking a hit to his leg.  He has been ruled out for this weekend’s game with graduate transfer Austin Appleby set to take his place.

Appleby will most likely rely on the Gators punishing run game which has utilized a four-headed attack so far this season.  Led by Jordan Scarlett, who has accumulated 175 yards and two touchdowns this season, the UF running backs have averaged 202 yards per game while reaching the end zone six times.

The Gator D will also be Appleby’s friend as the nasty group has surrendered just 14 points this season.  The unit yielded a school record-low 53 yards last week to the Mean Green while recording seven sacks and recording another interception.  The UF defense ranks first in the nation in total defense entering the fourth week of the season, giving up just 129.7 yards per game.

Tennessee (3-0, 0-0 SEC) survived a trap game last weekend, defeating Ohio University, 28-19, at home.  Entering the fourth quarter, the Volunteers led by just two, 21-19, before Joshua Dobbs hit Josh Malone for a 20-yard touchdown pass to round out the scoring.

Dobbs has been one of the nation’s top dual-threat QBs again this year as the senior has already rushed for 486 yards and three touchdowns.  He compliments Jalen Hurd who is averaging 4.2 yards per carry this season and has found pay dirt twice in three contests.

Florida owns a 26-19 lead in the all-time series, thanks in large part to an 11-game win streak against the Volunteers that dates back to the 2005 season.  The Gators also lead the series in games played in Knoxville, 12-11.  It took a miracle comeback last season to continue the streak as Will Grier found Antonio Callaway for a 63-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-13 with just 1:23 remaining for the go-ahead score.  Tennessee had one last chance, though (well two actually), but kicker Aaron Medley missed from 55-yards twice to give the Gators the win at the Swamp.