- No. 11 Florida hosts Tennessee in Week 4 on Saturday, September 25th at 7:00 PM EST
- The Gators are in a letdown spot after a hard-fought game against Alabama last weekend
- Read below for the odds, betting lines and picks
The Florida Gators will look to build off an impressive performance against Alabama when they host the Tennessee Vols in Week 4.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM EST at the Swamp. The broadcast will be carried by ESPN.
Florida is being listed as heavy 20-point favorites at Bell Hill Griffin Stadium. Tennessee is coming off a strong performance against Tennessee Tech and will look to catch the Gators in a letdown spot.
Tennessee vs Florida Odds
|Tennessee Volunteers||+20 (-110)||+750||O 63.5 (-110)|
|Florida Gators||-20 (-110)||-1250||U 63.5 (-110)|
Odds as of Sept 22nd at DraftKingsAdvertising Disclosure
Gators Challenged Alabama
Florida (2-1-0) enters Week 4 against Tennessee coming off a hard-fought loss to No. 1 Alabama the week prior. The Gators overcame a 21-3 first-quarter deficit and gave the Tide everything they could handle in a 31-29 loss. Florida entered the game as 14.5-point underdogs.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) September 18, 2021
There were plenty of positives for Dan Mullen’s team despite the outcome. Florida dominated Alabama at the line of scrimmage, rushing for 258 yards and outgaining the Tide 440-331 in yardage overall. QB Emory Jones played the best game of his career, throwing for 195 yards and adding 77 on the ground.
The Gators were known for their lethal passing attack in 2020, but it’s the ground game that’s becoming their signature in 2021. The Gators are averaging a whopping 336 rushing yards per game – second-best in the country. Malik Davis is the top running back, rushing for 212 yards on 31 carries through three games.
Hooker Sparks Vols Offense
Tennessee (2-1-0) appears to heading in the right direction after a solid 56-0 win over Tennessee Tech in Week 3. Virginia Tech transfer QB Hendon Hooker made his first start for the Vols, throwing for 199 yards and three TDs while rushing for an additional score. Hooker got the opportunity due to previous starter Joe Milton being out with a leg injury.
— 104-5 The Zone (@1045TheZone) September 18, 2021
Milton was able to practice this week and is expected to be available against Tennessee Tech, which means coach Josh Heupel has a decision to make. It’s hard to feel confident in Tennessee if Milton is given the reigns again. The former Michigan transfer has underwhelmed in his two starts, completing 51.4% of his passes for 189 yards and one TD.
Tennessee is allowing just 54 rushing yards per game, but they’re yet to face an elite rush attack like Florida’s. The Vols rank in the bottom-five of FBS when it comes to time of possession, which means Florida should be able to dictate the pace and control the lines of scrimmage.
Tennessee vs Florida Best Bet
Florida is in a classic letdown spot with this game, but it’s hard to bet against the Gators straight up at home. The spread is a different story, however, as the Gators have only covered the number in two of their last nine games as home favorites at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
While the quarterback positions is a question mark for Tennessee, the ground game is something that can be counted on against Florida. The Vols are averaging over 200 rushing yards per game and should be able score some points on a Florida rush defense allowing around 100 yards per game.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 21, 2021
Florida had a historically explosive offense last season yet Tennessee still kept the game within two scores (31-19). While the Vols were decimated by the transfer portal this offseason, they have enough playmakers on offense to keep this game within three touchdowns. Milton at least adds a dynamic threat on the ground if he gets the start over Hooker.
Look for Florida to start slow coming off a tough emotional loss and for the final score to be closer than anticipated. The Gators don’t have a tendency of blowing out lesser opponents at home, while Vols have shown enough through three games to think they take advantage of UF in this letdown spot.
- Pick: Tennessee +20 (-110)