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Florida vs. Tennessee 2020: Time, TV channel, odds

Usually this happens, um, earlier in the year. But, 2020!

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The Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers don’t often meet in the month of December. The last time that they did was the 1969 Gator Bowl, in which the Gators took down the Volunteers, 14-13. Prior to that, you could only find three other instances — 1928, 1930 and 1932 — when the Gators and Volunteers didn’t face off in either September, October or even November. But such is life in 2020, am I right?

Florida is poised to make the SEC Championship Game this year. There’s not too much but formalities lying ahead for the Gators to get to Atlanta. They will be facing a Vols squad that has been tumbling after a strongish start to the season. They haven’t won a game since October 3, and have lost by double digits in all five of the losses they have suffered since.

Is there any chance for an upset here? It’s hard to really find one. The Gators are arguably too big, too strong and too good for the Vols to handle. Tennessee’s defense has held teams to under under 300 passing yards in all but one game this year. That game was against the Alabama Crimson Tide, where the Tide threw for 417 yards. The problem for Tennessee is that they are facing as dynamic of an offense, if not better, on Saturday in the Gators. Kyle Trask is cruising towards a Heisman Trophy, and Kyle Pitts, Kadarius Toney and the rest of the gang just look totally fierce.

Florida’s flaw is in their defense. But does Tennessee have the joneses to keep up? Offense has been a struggle for Tennessee this year. They’ve averaged just 5.0 yards per play this season. Furthermore, they’ve averaged 3.9 yards per carry and have amounted just 1,290 passing yards so far, with six passing touchdowns and 16 total on offense. It may well be a very tough ask for Tennessee to get this done to say the very least. And in all likelihood, it will probably be Florida who gets the job done here.

How to Watch

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV: CBS

Odds

Spread: Florida -17.5

Total: 62.5

Moneyline: Florida -850 | Tennesse +540