Vols Hoping to Change Rivalry History With Florida
It’s the game Vols fans have had circled on the calendar for a long time.
Florida at Tennessee. Gators have dominated the rivalry winning 16 of the last 17 meetings.
But for the first time since 2016, Tennessee is favored to beat Florida.
Reporter:”When you just hear Tennessee-Florida, what does it mean to you?”
Said Vols tight end Brandon Warren:”It means the world man. This is what you come to school’s like this for right? You come for these big rivalries. These big storied match-ups between teams.”
Said Vols head coach Josh Heupel:”That’s why you come here. You want to be apart of these types of games. You want to have an opportunity to have College Game Day on your campus. Prime time slot. Have a sold-out stadium.”
Reporter:”What’s your perception? Who is Tennessee’s top rival and where does Florida rank in that conversation?”
Said Warren:”Obviously yeah Florida is up there. I think Florida. There’s a lot of games that you can win and people not say much about, but this game, and the games against other SEC competition are going to be the ones people care about and the ones people talk about the most.”
Reporter:”You know sort of how this Florida series has been. Different coaches. Different players. Florida is still. Has stilled owned it. Do you feel like there’s any sort of psychological hurdle that your players have to get over. Did they inherit that?”
Said Heupel:”I don’t believe that. Each week is different. Each day is different. Each season is.”
Said Warren:”Every year we go into the game thinking you are going to win the game. You don’t go into a game being like ah man, its’ Florida again. It’s Alabama again. It’s Georgia. Let’s just try to go and not lose. No. Everyone generally as a competitor wants to go into the game and win the game.”
Said Vols offensive lineman Jerome Carvin:”They have a new coaching staff, especially a new DC. All of that’s new. It’s a new game every year. Just the level of focus has to be there.”
Vols and Florida kick at 3:30 from Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Game will be televised on News 12.