CBS Sports Network panel breaks down Florida-Tennessee: 'This game feels big'
Florida has won 16 of the last 17 meetings against Tennessee, but the panel of analysts at CBS Sports Network expects that to change this week when the SEC East rivalry is renewed on Rocky Top.
“This game feels big, and yet I don’t know that Florida is ready to play in a big game,” Rick Neuheisel said. “I think it’s going to take a little longer for Billy Napier to get all the pieces.”
Neuheisel added that the combination of Florida’s struggles with passing offense, and Tennessee’s ability to stop the run will be the difference. Not to mention a home crowd at Neyland Stadium ready for a big game like this.
Aaron Taylor believes the game will come down to the red zone, and he said Tennessee has been dominant, with 15 touchdowns in 17 trips this season. Randy Cross sees a key being Hendon Hooker limiting turnovers.
Brian Jones likes the combination of Hooker with Cedric Tillman and the rapport they have to go with the running game.
“This is a tough-minded football team and I love the balance that they have,” Jones said.
All of them picked Tennessee to win.
This week’s @SEConCBS game is No. 20 Florida at No. 11 Tennessee.
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) September 21, 2022