Kiffin not surprised Vols are considered big underdogs
Tennessee is currently a 28-point underdog in Saturday's game against Florida, and Vols' coach Lane Kiffin said he isn't the least bit surprised by that.
In fact, he said based on recent history, the Vols may be even bigger underdogs.
"If you go off the past and what's happened, you know, I think we've lost by 64 points the last two years, combined,'' Kiffin said. "I'm surprised it's not higher.''
The last time the Vols were in Gainesville, Florida won 59-20. Last year in Knoxville, the Gators defeated the Vols 30-6.
Kiffin said Wednesday morning that while he realizes this is a big game for both teams, there is no personal excitement for him about participating in the UF-UT rivalry for the first time.
"I don't know that it's something to look forward to, it happens to be the next game on the schedule,'' he said. "We're excited to start SEC play and we're excited to keep improving as a team and individually. There's nothing personally exciting about going there playing or the matchup, any of that. We just take one day at a time.''
UF coach Urban Meyer, however, sees it a little differently.
"We always approach the SEC East (differently), and this game is the first one and there’s a lot of energy in this game and our guys know it,'' Meyer said. "It’s a different feel around here and it should be with Tennessee, especially them coming to town, that’s a big game. Everybody knows that. There are no secret agendas, that’s a big game. And history tells you that this is going to be one of the teams (the winner) that has a leg up on the SEC East.''