To begin SEC play, the Florida Gators have a lot to work on if they want to get back to a BCS game in 2013. Head coach Will Muschamp has the Gators defense at the best its been in a while, but the offense has struggled, leading to their week two loss against in-state foe, the Miami Hurricanes.
On the other side of the field, the Tennessee Volunteers are coming off a devastating loss to the Oregon Ducks in which they were blown out 59-14 on the road. The Volunteers simple couldn’t stop the Ducks’ dynamic offensive attack as Tennessee saw its record drop to 2-1.
Florida’s offense is not what it once was in the Urban Meyer days. Quarterback Jeff Driskel was expected to do big things a couple years ago, but has somewhat failed to live up to expectations. The junior quarterback has passed for 444 yards with just two scores and two interceptions through the first two weeks. Mack Brown is the second-most notable name on offense with 141 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Tennessee’s offense was somewhat non-existent in the team’s loss at Oregon. After scoring first to go up 7-0, the Ducks ended the game on a 59-7 run and embarrassed the Volunteers. However, they still average 37 points per game, but under 400 yards per game because of the poor pass game. You can tell this team misses Tyler Bray because junior quarterback Justin Worley has this team ranked 114th in the nation in passing yards per game. Running back Rajion Neal, however, is keeping the offense afloat with his legs. He has 257 yards and four touchdowns through three weeks.
Defensively, Tennessee faced one tough opponent this season and allowed 59 points. It’s hard to tell whether this team that gave up just 20 points through the first two weeks is for real or just a fluke on defense. Florida, on the other hand, has allowed just 210 yards per game while allowing just 13.5 points. Florida’s defense should have no problem shutting down Tennessee’s pass game.
Tennessee will travel to Florida to take on the Gators at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 21. The game will be aired on CBS.
PREDICTION: Tennessee 17, Florida 27