Preview & Prediction: AT #9 University of Florida
Before we at Volunteer Roadshow give you our predictions, we’ve included some interesting things to look for on Saturday. First of all, everything in the SEC starts upfront. In this conference, the team that dominates the line of scrimmage is usually the team that will celebrate a victory on Sunday. On the offensive line we would expect a starting combination of Trey Smith, Wanya Morris, Darnell Wright, Brandon Kennedy, and K’Rojhn Calbert; the same line up we saw against Chattanooga last week. That offensive line pleasantly surprised us for the most part against Brigham Young and Chattanooga, it will be interesting to see if the Vols can keep that up against an elite UF defensive line. As for Florida, they will have Stone Forsythe, Brett Heggie, Nick Buchanan, Chris Bleich, and Jean Delance upfront. Bleich and Delance seemed to have struggled against Kentucky, but they could have a rebound game against a struggling UT defensive line.
At the quarterback position, Jarrett Guarantano will get the start for Tennessee. Guarantano struggled for the first 2 games of the season against Georgia State and BYU but had a decent rebound Saturday against the Chattanooga Mocs. It will be interesting to see how Guarantano will handle the heat from an elite Florida defensive line; if he plays like he did last season against the Gators while under pressure; Tennessee won’t stand a chance. Meanwhile, Kyle Trask is expected to get the start for Florida following a stunning injury to Feleipe Franks last week. This will be Trask’s first start since his freshman year of high school, so he is not a very experienced quarterback. Against Kentucky, Trask rallied his troops and led the Gators to a comeback for the ages and if he plays like that again, Florida will come out on top.
At wide receiver, Tennessee has the edge with Seniors Jauan Jennings, Marquez Callaway, and Josh Palmer. Expect all 3 to come out motivated as this will be their final time facing off against their hated rival from the Sunshine State. Florida has a pedestrian secondary, so I expect the Vols to have a decent game through the air. Florida has a solid WR group as well, and it will be interesting how Tennessee’s secondary reacts to them.
In the end, the game will be determined on Saturday and Volunteer and Gator fans can hardly wait for the annual rivalry game against their despised divisional enemy. You can watch the game at 12:00ET on ESPN, or come to our watch party at Tennessee Taphouse on North Peters Road.
Bobby C. McGraw (Founder and Owner of the Volunteer Roadshow): 28-24 UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Billy Ratliff (Former Tennessee DT, VFL, Founder and Owner of the Volunteer Roadshow): 24-20 UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Josh Griffin (Senior Writer and Editor of the Volunteer Roadshow): 42-31 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Luke Thomas (Staff Writer for the Volunteer Roadshow): 21-20 UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Keith Ricker (Columnist for the Roadshow Locker Room): 24-23 UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE- 28
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA- 27