2004. The was the last time the Tennessee Volunteers defeated the Florida Gators. After helping turn the rivalry into one of the elite games of the 90’s, the series has become a laugher.
“Our players understand the rivalry, what is at stake,” Tennessee head coach Butch Jones t0ld ESPN Tuesday. “I think they understand what has gone on before them. The only thing we can control is our preparation and how we play on Saturday.”
Both teams are coming off of a loss. Florida enjoyed a bye week after losing 21-16 to the Miami Hurricanes.
The Volunteers, meanwhile, were destroyed by the Oregon Ducks 59-14. In fact, Jones has decided to open up the quarterback race, giving Nathan Peterman, Riley Ferguson and Joshua Dobbs a chance to replace Justin Worley.
Despite a possible quarterback controversy, the Volunteers are keeping their minds in the right place.
“We talked to the whole team [to] keep your head up,” Tennessee offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James said. “This is Florida week. This is one of the most important weeks. It’s SEC time.”
The Volunteers and Gators will kickoff at 3:30 pm EST Saturday and the game is on CBS.