Florida just went toe-to-toe with Alabama despite not the greatest QB play from Emory Jones. They've shown they have the capacity to compete with the very best, and if they can get their QB rolling then who knows what could happen.
Tennessee is the perfect opponent to start building confidence against. Also at 2-1, Tennessee's lone loss came against Pittsburgh. That's all anyone really needs to know for Florida to be a massive favorite headed into this game. The public agrees.
Oddsmakers love Florida in this game. The Gators are 19 point favorites, and they're given -1111 odds to win the game outright. That's an implied 91.7% chance to win the game. Meanwhile, Tennessee is given +820 odds, or an implied 9.8% chance to pull off the upset.
Honestly, Florida might as well be playing another out of conference game with odds like these.
Florida and Tennessee have played each other 50 times in their history. Florida has won 30 of those matchups. That doesn't do justice to how dominant Florida has been in recent years though.
Florida has won the last 4 matchups between these two teams, and 15 of the last 16 games. The one loss came in 2016 when future NFL players littered Tennessee. Josh Dobbs, Alvin Kamara, Jalen Hurd, Jajuan Jennings, and Josh Malone all played on that team.
This year's Tennessee is not the Tennessee of 2016.
This has to be a confidence building game for Emory Jones. He's been shaky all year, and the calls for him to lose his job have only grown louder. If he can show his talent and dominant Tennessee to help build momentum heading into the rest of the SEC schedule this could be a special year for the Gators.