Florida vs Tennessee: Knoxville — Hundreds of fans relived the iconic 1998 Tennessee vs. Florida game Friday night ahead of Saturday’s match-up.
New Vol fans and people who were at the game 20 years ago gathered at World’s Fair Park to watch the ’98 game on a three-story inflatable screen.
When you mention that the Florida football game, every Vol fan has a story
All-time series: Thanks to the success of Steve Spurrier (8-4) and Urban Meyer (6-0), the Gators lead the all-time series 27-20.
Last 10 years: Florida has won nine of the last 10 with the only loss coming in 2016. In those nine wins, Florida’s average margin of victory has been only seven points.
That’s history: Either Florida or Tennessee won the SEC East each year from 1992 to 2001. This matchup featured two ranked teams every year from 1990-2007. Florida has played in the SEC championship just twice over the last eight seasons (in 2015 and 2016). Tennessee hasn’t reached the SEC championship game since 2007. This marks the third Florida-Tennessee matchup in the last five years to feature two unranked opponents. Both of these teams won just four games last year. Florida is trying to avoid its first 0-2 start to SEC play since 1986. Tennessee hasn’t won an SEC game since 2016. For the first time since 1970, both teams go into this game with first-year head coaches.
Last time they met: Well, we all know what happened there. Tennessee rallied to tie the game at 20 before Feleipe Franks found Tyrie Cleveland behind the defense for a 26-20 win as the clock expired.
Fun fact: Florida vs. Tennessee is a bit of a new rivalry with the two teams playing 28 straight seasons. Prior to that, the two teams faced each other only 19 times.
It made some huge calls in Week 3 of the 2018 season as well, nailing BYU against the spread (+23.5) and on the money line (+950) against Wisconsin, as well as LSU against the spread (+10) and on the money line (+315) at Auburn. It finished the week a blistering 31-16 against the spread overall and nailed 10 of its 13 top-ranked picks. Anybody following it finished way, way up.
We can tell you the model is loving the Under, saying it hits in two-thirds of simulations. It’s also generated a strong point-spread selection, saying one side covers more than half the time. That pick is only available at SportsLine.
The model knows this rivalry has generated its share of classic games and memorable finishes, and last year was no exception. Florida scored the winner on a walk-off Hail Mary that sent the Volunteers spiraling into a winless funk in SEC play.
This season, Florida has routed Charleston Southern and Colorado State, sandwiched around a 27-16 home loss to Kentucky as a two-touchdown favorite. Sophomore quarterback Feleipe Franks, who was turnover-prone in an erratic freshman season, appears to have improved his decision-making. He has thrown for 570 yards and nine touchdowns against just two interceptions, but his 53.2 percent completion rate remains a concern.