Tennessee Volunteers vs. Florida Gators Betting Preview

09 / 13 / 2023 By Ally Mielnicki

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Another exciting Tennessee football betting opportunity is coming up soon. The 11th ranked Tennessee Volunteers (2-0) take on the Florida Gators (1-1) in an intense SEC East showdown.

When: September 16, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET

Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida

Watch: ESPN

Tennessee Volunteers Preview

The Volunteers are coming into this game undefeated, but will have their toughest test on the year so far. They recently battled against the Austin Peay Governors and won 30-13, which was close until the second half. Their defense had vulnerabilities at times, which might be a good thing to be exposed by a weaker team.

They are maintaining a unique average of 477.5 total yards per game, out of which 257.5 are attributed to rushing. On the defensive front, they permit 270 total yards, with 183 arising from passing plays. This favorable ratio is impressive, but it will be put to the test when they face Florida.

At their current pace, they are scoring an average of 39.5 points per game while conceding just 13. However, this margin is expected to be much narrower against Florida, despite the Volunteers’ strong defensive performances.

Last season, the Vols excelled in the SEC East with an impressive 11-2 record and notably triumphed over the Gators with a thrilling 38-33 victory in a clash between these high-octane teams. Will this game be different as both teams have made adjustments from a year ago?

Florida Gators Preview

The Gators fell flat in their opener against the Utah Utes (now ranked 12th in the nation). However, they quickly bounced back against the McNeese State Cowboys 49-7. Can they survive against another strong test on the year?

This game arguably patted their stats a bit, as they currently average 453 total yards with 283 coming from passing. They allow 191 total yards on defense, in which 115.5 come from passing plays. They will need this aggressive defense if they want to slow down the Vols.

Up to this point, they have been averaging 30 points per game and allowing only 15.5. Although their defense appears formidable, they will face their most significant challenge when they take on the Vols.

The Gators concluded the previous season with a disappointing record of 6-7. To avoid a repeat, they must secure victories in pivotal matchups against stronger opponents like the Vols.

Betting Odds

Interested in placing college football bets in Tennessee? ZenSports’ sportsbook offers odds for this matchup, where the Volunteers are positioned as the favored team with a moderate chance of winning. Current market trends suggest a 53.8 percent probability of their road victory.

Florida Gators: +200

Spread: +6.5 (-110)

Tennessee Volunteers: -240

Spread: -6.5 (-110)

Totals: Over 59 (-110), Under 59 (-110)

Both teams have different quarterbacks at the helm compared to last year. However, they still have a lot of the same key offensive and defensive players on both sides. This matchup should be another close thriller.

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