Florida vs. Tennessee good to go

Florida vs. Tennessee good to go

Through a statement on their school website, the University of Florida announced that it meant to play their SEC matchup against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Griffin Stadium as planned.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The big game is on, with Florida trying to atone for squandering an 18-point, first-half lead before losing 38-28 in Knoxville last season as Tennessee snapped an 11-game losing streak to its bitter rivals. The stadium sustained only minor damage to signage.

Millions in the state of have been affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. Florida turned the ball over 3 times; all fumbles, and lost the possession battle by almost 10:00.

According to officials with the SEC, cleanup after the Irma continues this week and fans may see heavier traffic than normal.

The Vols are 2-0 after wins over Georgia Tech (in double overtime) and Indiana State, but there is plenty of room for improvement, coach Butch Jones said.

Interestingly enough, college football betting sportsbooks have made a decision to come out in favor of Florida over Tennessee.

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Florida officials assessed all resources, most notably whether enough first responders and staffers would be available to work the game and make it a safe environment.

Heading into this match-up, the Volunteers are tied for 68th in NCAA Division I football in passing offense as they average 228 yards per game. The Gators responded with one of their best wins of the season against the Tigers.

No. 23 Tennessee travels to Gainesville for a matchup against No. 24 Florida on Saturday as college football returns to the state hit hard by Hurricane Irma. Eastern at Ben Hill Griffith Stadium.

I know Florida has had an extra week to rest and prepare for this game, but their performance against MI was far from inspiring and the Gators could've really used that tune-up game against Northern Colorado to work out the kinks.

"There has been a tremendous amount of cooperation between local authorities, the Southeastern Conference and the Tennessee athletic program throughout this process and we are grateful for these strong partnerships", said Florida's Athletic Director Scott Stricklin in a news release.

The final decision was in the hands of the SEC office, a change made after last year's controversy with the postponement of Florida's home game against LSU.

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