Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

College football scouting report: No. 18 Florida Gators at No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers, 6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN, 1250-AM

The Volunteers (2-0, 0-0 SEC) will try to end a seven-game losing streak to the Gators (2-0, 1-0) in the first night game between the two teams in eight years. Florida is coming off a big road win against Texas A&M last week and is hoping to keep the momentum.

Watch out for …

The running game. Tennessee's obvious strength is its passing game led by QB Tyler Bray. The Vols lead the SEC in passing offense (353.5) and in two games Bray has thrown for 643 yards. Florida, on the other hand, will take sophomore Jeff Driskel on the road for the second consecutive week. But if history is any indication, this game won't be won in the air. The team that has rushed for more yards has won the past nine meetings between these two teams, 21 of the past 22. Which puts the emphasis on Gator RB Mike Gillislee, who leads the SEC in rushing, averaging 115 yards per game. Gillislee has been nursing a sore groin, but reserves Mack Brown and Matt Jones have proven to be capable when called upon. If the Vols get the running game going, the Gators' secondary has to be ready for what Bray could unleash.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

College football scouting report: No. 18 Florida Gators at No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers, 6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN, 1250-AM 09/14/12 [Last modified: Friday, September 14, 2012 8:02pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?

    JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 17:  Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempts a pass during a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) 700069805
  2. Florida starter under center still under wraps

    College

    GAINESVILLE — With two weeks before Florida opens its season against Michigan, the Gators' three-way quarterback battle remains wide open.

    Luke Del Rio, right, is in the mix to start against Michigan in the season opener … as is Malik Zaire and Feleipe Franks.
  3. Jones: What Bucs need in final preseason games, more or less

    Bucs

    That's it. Let's start the season. Start it right now.

    Tom Jones wants to see less of Jameis Winston playing hot potato with the football and throwing it up for anyone to catch. [Getty Images]
  4. Barts Mr Peabody the likely favorite in Derby Lane's T.L. Weaver finale

    Parimutuels

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rick and Rhonda Bartley have a date Saturday night. It may turn into a date with destiny.

  5. Rays series preview: Who are the Mariners?

    Blogs

    The Rays are back home again, duking it out with another club in the American League Wild Card chase — the Mariners, who have a slight advantage over Tampa Bay. Here's the information you need to know about Seattle before the action kicks off.

    Record: 61-61, third in AL West

    Starter Erasmo Ramirez will face the Rays after they traded him to the Mariners in July.