No. 9 Florida is 3-0 to start the year, but got some brutal news last weekend, when starting quarterback Feleipe Franks suffered a dislocated ankle, knocking him out for the season. Kyle Trask and Emory Jones are both expected to play in some capacity against Tennessee on Saturday.
Trask is 13-for-18 for 166 yards and a touchdown on the year so far. Jones, more of a dual-threat at the position, is just 1-for-4 for two yards through the air, but has run four times for 31 yards and a score.
Tennessee has its starting quarterback squared away. Jarrett Guarantano has been pretty solid overall for the Vols.
The issues lie...basically everywhere else.
UT opened the season in ignominious fashion, falling to Georgia State 38-30 and BYU 29-26 at home. The Vols got off the schneid last weekend against FCS foe Chattanooga, 45-0.
Even with the uncertainty at quarterback, Florida is a sizable home favorite in this one.
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Spread: Florida -14
Announcers:Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
Florida opened the season with a win over in-state foe Miami, and got its revenge for last year's streak-snapping loss to Kentucky last weekend. The Gators are 3-0, and opened up SEC play on the right foot with the UK win.
Tennessee and Towson should give the Gators a great opportunity to get to 5-0 before a brutal stretch of games, including those vs. Auburn, at LSU, and vs. Georgia between Oct. 5 and Nov. 2.
For the Vols, the game at the Gators presents an opportunity to get the fans back on their side after an embarrassing first two weeks. Head coach Jeremy Pruitt may not be on the hot seat yet, but he'll get there by season's end if the team doesn't drastically improve from that Week 1 loss to Georgia State.
It doesn't get much easier from here, though. Tennessee follows this game up with Georgia and Mississippi State at home, and then Alabama in Tuscaloosa.