SEC "in communication" with Vols, Gators about schedule

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

Florida and the SEC announced shortly before noon Tuesday that their game against Tennessee on Saturday will be played, after consultations with the SEC, the city of Gainesville, Alachua County, university staff and representatives of first responders in the area. The Gators will face off against SEC rival Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. UF had to cancel its home opener against Northern Colorado, and the forecast and possible affects put the Tennessee game at risk.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said the decision was made after meeting with local officials. The Gators' stadium sustained minor damage to signage.

The Vols have all the advantages: Florida has 10 players suspended, their city has been ravaged by a hurricane (how is it possible for their players to even focus on preparing for a game), and their offense looked completely awful against MI. It's unclear how much practice and meeting time Florida missed in the past week.

No. 22 South Florida was to resume practice Tuesday and will play host to IL on Friday, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

An important consideration was the availability of resources and personnel to hold the event. The Volunteers, meanwhile, beat Indiana State 42-7 on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.

Florida will recognize the victims of Hurricane Irma on Saturday when it hosts Tennessee with a helmet decal of the state of Florida.

Last season, the Vols' 38-28 come-from-behind win against the Gators ended an 11-game losing streak in the series. Bettors are putting their money on Tennessee to cover the spread, with 61% of them for the fan favorites and the remaining 39% on the underdogs, the Gators.

Florida wasn't all that physical either in its only game, dropping its opener to MI 33-17 in Arlington, Texas.

Interestingly enough, college football betting sportsbooks have chose to come out in favor of Florida over Tennessee.

The SEC clearly doesn't want a repeat of a year ago, when Florida and LSU engaged in a lengthy - and often acrimonious - discussion over the status of their game, which was postponed by Hurricane Michael.

"We appreciate the communication from both our friends in Gainesville and the conference office as this assessment was made", Currie said in a statement.

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