Ivan Maisel addresses the significance of Florida’s game against Tennessee
The Tennessee Volunteers will have the eyes of the nation upon them as the Florida Alligators, and College GameDay, come to Knoxville on Saturday. Although a win over Florida would be their second win over a ranked opponent this season, On3’s Ivan Maisel says there are bigger games that could help define the program under Josh Heupel this season.
“So far of course, but it’s week 4 and georgia looming there, and by the way, the same is true Kentuckysaid Ivan Maisel, breaking down his vision for the weekend game on 3 questions to Ivan Maisel for On3.
“It’s a bit early to establish anything. It’s kind of interesting about Tennessee, it’s been so long since they could beat Florida, but now it’s not the team they have to beat, it’s not the mountain they have to climb. This one is in Athens and no one beats these guys lately.
Tennessee needs to beat Florida to make top-10
The two SEC East rivals are scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS Saturday. Florida won last year’s game, but ESPN’s game predictor gives the Vols an 87.4% chance of winning at home this time around.
Home-field advantage could be a major factor for Tennessee on Saturday. Billy Napier’s freshman team has yet to play on the road this season.
“One thing at a time, the Vols will be very focused on this game, the whole campus is ready, they’re going to be ready,” Maisel said. “If they get that, we’ll see where they are.”
In addition to factors on the road, the quarterback Anthony Richardson failed to meet the moment in his first SEC game of the year against Kentucky. The Vols have the plan to beat the Gators and it could put them in the top 10 for the first time since 2016.