Saturday is shaping up to be a potential epic showdown between SEC rivals Florida and Tennessee.

The No. 22 Gators will roll into Neyland Stadium as 10-point underdogs to take on the No. 12 ranked Vols. That’s the biggest point spread in more than 25 years, and the first time in almost as many years that the Vols have been favored. The Volunteers have only won the matchup once since the 2004 season, and they haven’t beaten the Gators since 2016.

For many experts, including ESPN’s Rece Davis, this may be the year the tide could turn for the Vols.

“They feel like they’re poised for some type of breakthrough,” Davis said on “The Paul Finebaum Show.” “They feel like this is the moment to stop that Florida curse and compete for a championship at the end of the season.”

In their first away game of the season, the Gators will be on the defense early, as the Vols will start 6th-year senior Hendon Hooker at QB.  Hooker has thrown 387 passes with a 68% completion rate already this year. He will lead a veteran offensive line, while the Vols’ defense will try to maintain their opportunistic +3 turnover margin.


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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.