Florida vs Tennessee Betting Odds: Heisman Trophy Candidates Richardson, Hooker, the Headliners

Huge Early SEC Test in Knoxville with Talented Florida Gators Coming to Town

Quarterback Matchup Could be Special in Florida-Tennessee Game

The recent matchups between Florida and Tennessee haven’t been too competitive. The difference in this matchup is that Tennessee is the favored team on Saturday.

The Gators and Volunteers will follow the lead of the quarterbacks. Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker is ninth in the odds to win the Heisman Trophy while Florida’s Anthony Richardson 16th in the Heisman odds.

The weather is looking good for this showdown with temperatures in the 80s at kickoff.

When looking at the Florida State football standings, they are 0-1 in conference play while Tennessee is set for its SEC opener.

Tennessee (+6600) is fourth in the odds to win the SEC title while Florida (+6600) is tied for fifth.
The Volunteers (+6000) are currently eighth in the national title odds. Florida is well back at +15000.

Tennessee has moved up four spots to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll while Florida has dropped two spots to No. 20. In the American Football Coaches Association, Tennessee went from 16th to 12th and Florida fell from 21st to 22nd.

Florida vs Tennessee Game Information

Florida Gators

It has been a slow start to the season for quarterback Anthony Richardson, a Heisman Trophy candidate who has yet to throw a touchdown pass and is the lowest rated starting QB in the SEC. He has matched his career high with three touchdown runs.

Montrell Johnson, one of the players who followed head coach Billy Napier from Louisiana to Florida, leads the Gators with 240 yards. With an average of 9.6 yards per carry, it seems as if he is severely underutilized.

The good news for the offense is that Florida has only allowed eight tackles for loss and two sacks in the first three games.

It is not usually a positive sign when the top two tacklers play in the secondary. Safeties Trey Dean and Rashad Torrence have combined for 27 solo stops and 52 total tackles. The defensive issues have played a role with the Florida vs Tennessee betting odds favoring the host Volunteers.

Florida has covered in just one of the last 10 contests.

Tennessee Volunteers

Hendon Hooker is completing 69% of his passes with six touchdowns and no interceptions. Backup Joe Milton is 12 of 14 passing with three TDs giving the Volunteers a gaudy +9 number in touchdown passes to interceptions. Hooker’s strong play is a reason why the Florida vs Tennessee betting odds have the Volunteers as a double-digit favorite.

Jalin Hyatt and Cedric Tillman have combined for 35 receptions and more than 500 receiving yards. Keep an eye on Tillman’s status as kickoff time draws near.

Tennessee is averaging 15 yards per reception as a team while Jalen Wright leads the Volunteers with 231 rushing yards.

Seventeen players have had a hand in the Volunteers’ 22 tackles for loss. Aaron Beasley leads the defense with 22 tackles.

Tennessee has covered in four of the last six games.

Florida vs Tennessee Injury Update

When looking at the College Football injury news, Florida linebacker Ventrell Miller (lower body), defensive back Jaydon Hill (lower body), offensive lineman Michael Tarquin and tight end Arlis Boardingham (upper body) are questionable. Quarterback Jack Miller (thumb) is out indefinitely.

For Tennessee, receiver Cedric Tillman and running back Jabari Small (knee) are questionable. Receiver Jimmy Calloway will miss the first half. Linebacker William Mohan (suspension) is out indefinitely and running back Len’Neth Whitehead (upper body) is out for the season.

Florida vs Tennessee Head to Head

Florida has won the last five meetings with the last four matchups being decided by an average of 23.3 points per game. The last time a game was decided by one score came in 2017 when Florida won 26-20 as a 6.5-point favorite at home.

In last year’s meeting, the teams combined for more than 900 yards of offense. Many of the stars on Florida’s side of things have moved on.

Four of the last five games in the series have gone under the total.

Florida vs Tennessee Betting Preview

Both teams have explosive players on offense, however there are defensive issues for the Gators.

Florida is last in the SEC in third down conversion defense, allowing first downs on 20 on 41 third-down plays. Tennessee is third, allowing first downs on 11 of 46 plays on third down.

Florida has failed to cover in each of the last eight games and 0-5 in the last five games against SEC foes.
The total has gone under in 4 of Florida’s last 6 games and in nine of the last 10 teams against SEC East Division squads. It is a different story for the Volunteers with the total going over in eight of the last nine games and in six of the last seven games against SEC teams.

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