ESPN's Matt Barrie breaks down the national impact of the Florida-Tennessee rivalry
No. 20 Florida (2-1) and No. 11 Tennessee (3-0) are set for a huge matchup in Knoxville that will help decide the SEC East. This game will be one of the biggest games of the week in Week 4 of the 2022 season. It’s hosting ESPN’s “College GameDay” this week.
It’s getting plenty of attention, and many are thinking back to the 1990s when the rivalry was at its best.
ESPN’s Matt Barrie broke down the relevance of the rivalry, “now if you’re a college football fan like me, you kinda grew up with this game. Back in the day, Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, Shane Matthews, Jesse Palmer, Tim Tebow, Phil Fulmer, Peyton Manning, this was the game no matter what. This was a game that decided the SEC East.”
“I love that they’re back in this game ranked,” he said. “We need this game to be competitive again, for the good of the SEC, for the good of the SEC East, for the good of college football. We need it to be good again. It had been dominated by Florida.”
Florida leads the series over Tennessee 31-20 as they have won 5 consecutive matchups. Last season, No. 11 Florida took down Tennessee 38-14 after a big game from quarterback Emory Jones through the passing game and on the ground.
Barrie is expecting a more balanced matchup of the rivalry moving forward. Tennessee comes into this matchup as a 10.5-point favorite, according to FanDuel.
Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.