Here's what awaits a Florida team that wins on Rocky Top at Tennessee today: A 3-0 record, a 2-0 SEC record, a resume that includes two road conferences wins and two road SEC wins (neither of which any other team nationally will be able to match), and a relatively simple path to 4-0. For the Gators, this is the launching pad from good to potentially great, from merely improving in Will Muschamp's second season as their coach to becoming a dominant outfit.
Tennessee's got designs on a 3-0 start and a big SEC win, too. The Vols want to stop their seven-game losing streak to Florida, and solidify Derek Dooley's place in Knoxville, and maybe position themselves as the top competition for Georgia and South Carolina in the SEC East. Tyler Bray, Justin Hunter, Cordarrelle Patterson form a formidable trio, but the Gators will put a decent defense of their own on the field, despite missing Jelani Jenkins and Cody Riggs. Expect Antonio Morrison to take Jenkins' place, and for Jaylen Watkins, De'Ante Saunders (returning from "suspension"), and Matt Elam to see time at the nickel back spot Riggs vacates.
No matter who wins, though, Florida-Tennessee is once again a central part of the September college football schedule. It's nice to have the Third Saturday in September mean something again.
Broadcast information and links and a special surprise are all after the jump.
6:00 p.m. Eastern
TV and Streaming Information
The game will be broadcast on ESPN. A radio broadcast can be heard via the Gator IMG Sports Network; live audio is available via GatorVision. An online stream is available from WatchESPN, but not ESPN3.
What to Watch For
We looked at Mike Gillislee's history against Tennessee, previewed the Vols' passing game, ran down five reasons the Gators will win, made 25 predictions for the game, quivered in fear at Justin Hunter, and wrote about Florida's College GameDay history.
For all of the SB Nation content on Florida vs. Tennessee, head to the game page.
Game Thread Guidelines
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Also, though we've never had a problem with it: Anyone asking for or posting illegal streams of the game will have their comments deleted. The only legit online stream is at WatchESPN; if you're in need of a stream, take your hunt elsewhere.
And, finally, a surprise! The Solid Verbal's live Week 3 show takes place at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, which will pair nicely with your football.
If you don't watch the Verbalization live, it'll be recorded and you can watch it anytime.