Florida LB trolls Tennessee over 3-game losing streak in series
Florida enters its game against Tennessee with a 3-game winning streak against the Volunteers. In 2017, it held serve in Gainesville with a 26-20 win. The next 2 games weren’t as close, with the Gators winning 47-21 in 2018 and 34-3 last year.
Naturally, the odds will be highly stacked against the Vols in the traditional “Third Saturday in September” rivalry—shifted to later in the year due to this season’s modified SEC-only schedule. Tennessee has lost its last 5 games by double digits—the longest such streak in program history.
While the Vols’ role is to attempt to play spoiler, the Gators will be looking to take a step closer to their first SEC Championship Game appearance since 2016 and a possible College Football Playoff berth. And one Gator is ramping up the trash talk ahead of the team’s meeting at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday.
“I’ve personally never played a Tennessee team that was competitive against us, but it’s Tennessee-Florida,” said linebacker James Houston IV when asked about the importance of the rivalry, according to 247Sports.com’s Thomas Goldkamp.
Houston was serving a suspension in 2017, with that year’s game much more competitive than the last 2 between the schools despite a Gators victory. We’ll see how the Volunteers respond as the redshirt junior has certainly given them some bulletin-board material.