2. Jarrett Guarantano has to play within himself
One of the underrated storylines of the year for Tennessee is that they haven’t thrown an interception on the young season. That doesn’t mean Jarrett Guarantano has been great, but he has not put his defense in compromising situations.
That trend has to continue against a much better Gators defense. The key for Guarantano is to make sure he doesn’t try to win this game all by himself. The Vols are going to be in trouble if he tries to do too much. Pruitt must counsel his young signal caller to simply execute the offense.
That means Tennessee will have to find some success on the ground. Tim Jordan has carried the load so far, but it’s Ty Chandler who gives this offense a potential big play threat. Look for both guys to get plenty of carries today.
It’s unreasonable to think Guarantano won’t need to make a big throw or two to keep a drive alive, but Tennessee can’t afford to put him a bunch of third and long situations. The Volunteers offense has to stay on schedule and keep things simple for their quarterback in this one. Guarantano can’t win the game for his team, but he could lose it with a couple of bad decisions. Expect Florida’s defense to try to put the game in his hands.