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12 things you must know for the Florida-Tennessee game

There was a time when Florida-Tennessee was THE rivalry game in the SEC. This is how big it was – a UF player once told us in a press conference in the 1990s that Tennessee week was the week where you made sure you didn’t drink any alcohol.

Now that is serious.

With the emergence of superpowers Alabama and Georgia, the rivalry hasn’t seemed as big a deal. Also, Florida has dominated it to the point that a lot of people were surprised that GameDay was going to be there (to be honest, there’s not much else on the docket Saturday).

This game will finish up what was considered to be the toughest September schedule in the country this year, with Florida facing teams ranked seventh, 20th and 11th. It will also be the first road game in a very unusual schedule for Florida.

All that said, Dooley’s Dozen takes a look at 12 things you need to know about… Tennessee.

This will be the ninth time…

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… ESPN’s popular pre-game show GameDay will be at the Florida-Tennessee game and the first time since 2016. The first five times were all match-ups between Steve Spurrier and Phil Fulmer with Florida winning all but one of them.

GameDay went 10 years between gracing the schools with their presence before showing up in 2012. Tennessee is 2-6 with GameDay on the scene for this game.

Neyland Stadium is big. Really big.

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When you stand on the field, it seems like the stands go all the way to the clouds. It makes for a crowded press box that is so high up the players look like ants. But the stadium is not the biggest in the country or the SEC. The capacity of 102,455 ranks fifth in the country behind Michigan Stadium (107,601), Beaver Stadium where Penn State plays (106,572), Ohio Stadium where Ohio State plays (102,780) and Kyle Field where Texas A&M plays (102,733).

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Publish date : 2022-09-21 11:00:44

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