Josh Heupel discusses Tennessee’s focus for Florida game
Ahead of Tennessee’s rivalry game against Florida this weekend, Vols head coach Josh Heupel is making sure his team stays focused and doesn’t get distracted with the attention surrounding the game.
The game is one of the premier matchups of the weekend, with College Gameday coming into town and fans selling out Neyland Stadium.
Heupel has liked the way the Vols have been able to drown out the noise, however, via 247Sports:
“Early in the week there is a little bit of extra,” Heupel said. “There is probably a little bit (extra) here on the back end of the week, too, on Friday afternoon, before we get to Saturday. Our guys have been really good. The focus has been really good. The practices have been intentional in the way they’ve approached it.”
Over the next few days, it will be extremely important for Tennessee to stay focused as the hype for the game continues to build.
“The next 48 hours, continuing our prep and finishing our preparation, will be a big part of it,” Heupel said. “The outside noise, the opportunity that is here, you work to have these opportunities. Early in the week, I told our players to enjoy the fact that we have this opportunity. But that has nothing to do with how we play. We have to prepare the right way and we’ve been pretty good up until this point, so we have to finish it out.”
For the first time in years, Tennessee is the favorite heading into Florida. The Vols are 3-0 heading into the matchup and looking to get a big win over their rival.
The Vols and Gators kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
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.