Gators plan a disciplined approach against Vols QB


Florida is in Tennessee's head. "But they understand but that's still not until Saturday at 3:30 and the processes of getting ready for that is what's important right now". "That's it", Tennessee sophomore defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie said.

The last time GameDay visited Knoxville, the Vols took on Florida in 2012 where the Gators won that game 37-20.

Each of the last two seasons, Florida has come from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Tennessee by a single point. Oh, did I forget to mention that, as far as recent history is concerned, the Gators have won 11 straight matchups against the Volunteers and are 4-0 ATS over their last four trips to Knoxville? Again, I think our team has continued to improve and grow and grow and grow, but this will obviously be a great, great test for us playing a very, very good football team - a very physical football team. Sports Illustrated reported that few looked at the two teams as equals going into the game, favoring Florida to win by a landslide. "I'm just going to tell you that I'm going to go to work with my teammates, and we're going to try to put something together that will be very special on Saturday". Heck, even a win wouldn't mean all that much to you!

ESPN's "College GameDay" will originate from Ayres Hall on Tennessee's campus from 9 a.m.to noon. Hopefully this returns to being a theoretical SEC East championship game and something reminiscent to the visor throwing antics Spurrier brought us or the epic CBS televised 2 OT thriller in 2001.

Tennessee's last victory over Florida came at Neyland Stadium in 2004, when the current players were still in elementary school.

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Both teams will take the field short-handed. Jones also said he anticipates linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin will play Saturday. This would be a viable excuse, but Florida is missing its starting quarterback Luke Del Rio. Florida will turn to Purdue transfer Austin Appleby who will be making his first start for the Gators in a hostile environment as Tennessee will be trying to replace their All American corner. He had 11 starts in 17 games in his three years with the Boilermakers. They can barely spit out the name of the team they are going to play Saturday they are so flustered.

Florida will probably continue to rely on its defense, which leads the FBS in scoring (4.7 points per game), yards (129.7 yards per game) and sacks (16). Dobbs completed 19 of 27 passes for 203 yards and rushed for 59 yards and a score.

Dobbs competes to be the best in whatever arena he enters and he usually comes out on top. Past year he put a hurting on us pretty bad. Cameron Sutton's not playing, Darrin Kirkland - their best linebacker - is not playing, they're struggling on the offensive line - it doesn't matter. "They are into outcome, and when you are participating you are into the process and the process is winning the next play". But I guess I have watched an Aflac commercial, but I've never seen that duck do it, so I don't know. Doug Dickey served as Tennessee's head coach from 1964 to 1969, and Tennessee Athletics credits him with reestablishing the Vols' elite football program. "I don't have a firstborn, but if I did, I'd give up my first born too", said Hwang, jokingly.

This weekend, Dobbs will focus his mental energies, competitive juices and superior athletic skills on a problem he and the Vols have been unable to solve. If ever a football game could be a window into an entire region's soul and self-esteem, this game is it. Tennessee needs this game to literally feel good about itself.