After plenty of talking from both sides, the SEC rivalry between Florida and Tennessee will be renewed on Saturday. Both teams are coming into the game undefeated. The Gators have beaten the Vols the last eleven games, however, Tennessee is looking to end the losing streak.
The last time these two teams met, wide receiver Antonio Callaway's late touchdown sealed the 28-27 win over the Vols in Gainesville. How is this Tennessee team different than last season?
**InsideTennessee.com's Danny Parks gives us the inside look into the Vols in the video above.**
Unlike some the Vols teams of the past few years, this year's group has had some issues with ball security and discipline, killing many of their offensive drives with turnovers or miscues. Against Virginia Tech, Tennessee had one interception and two fumbles, while the side had five fumbles against Ohio.
While the Gators will have a new face under center, the Vols will have a very familiar face. Joshua Dobbs has not had the most consistent or efficient three games, however, Dobbs has the ability to cause some issues for Florida. UF seemed to have no answers for Dobbs last year, and Jim McElwain and company understand the necessity to keep Dobbs under control.
"This guy is as good as there is," said McElwain about Dobbs. "He hurt us a year ago. Let’s face it, they ran it down our throat a year ago. I’m sure they feel pretty good about that, and they should. We’re going to have to maintain our rush lanes when they do throw it and get him hopefully a little uncomfortable and not be able to get his feet set exactly like he wants to and not let him take over the game with his feet like he did against us last year."
Dobbs had 135 yards rushing, 83 yards passing and 58 yard receiving against Florida. Wide receiver Josh Malone will be Dobb's main target. Malone leads the way with four touchdowns and 196 yards receiving through three games. The signal caller is certainly a big threat on the ground, however, the Vols have more than just him in the arsenal. Running backs Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara are the one-two punch that can also provide a threat.
"We are focused on stopping the run game," said Gators defensive lineman Khairi Clark. "Up front on the defensive line we have to make sure that we stay in our gaps, make our reads, we can't miss our blocks and I feel like if we are able to do that we will be able to stop them."
Hurd and Kamara, however, have not had a breakthrough game yet due to the Vols' issues on the offensive line. Sophomore Chance Hall is expected to play in the trenches to help the home side gain more numbers in the trenches. It will be Hall's first appearance this season.
The Gators will be without a main weapon on defense, however, the injury bug has hit the Vols defensively. Jalen Reeves-Maybin exited last week's game against Ohio with a shoulder injury. It appears he will try to play despite not being 100 percent, however, the same cannot be said for fellow linebacker Darrin Kirkland and cornerback, Cameron Sutton. Kirkland has a high-ankle injury, while Sutton injured his ankle and is now out.
This is the first year under Bob Shoop for this Tennessee defense, and he does have a few veterans to help lighten the load with the injuries.
"I’ve got a lot of respect for this guy, Bob Shoop," said McElwain. "We actually go all the way back to when he was at William and Mary. We played him when he was the defensive coordinator at Vanderbilt. We spent the summer as a new opponent, new staff when we were at Alabama, studying the things this guy had done. I’ve become a huge fan of his."
The game is set to kickoff at 3:30 PM.