McKinley Barron

The Tennessee Volunteers beat the Florida Gators this past Saturday for the second time since 2004. There was a lot of anticipation leading up to this game. ESPN’s College Gameday even came to Knoxville for the first time since 2016. College Gameday is college football’s biggest televised show before kickoff Saturday morning. Knoxville fans were so passionate about this game that the week before was called “Florida hate week”. The game was sold out and had around 102,455 people in attendance. Tennessee was expected to win as they were ranked 11th compared to Florida being 20th, but Florida never backs down from a challenge. 


For the majority of the game, the score kept going back and forth. The offense was mainly running the game. Both teams would score. At halftime, the score was 17-14, with the Vols winning. After halftime, the score kept going back and forth until Tennessee took a big lead. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 31-21 with Tennessee still on top. However, in the 4th quarter, Florida came back and scored 12 points. They scored a touchdown at the very end of the quarter and then kicked a squib kick, which gave Florida the ball back. In the end, despite their vigorous efforts, they were still unsuccessful and did not score again. The final score was 33-38, this was a big win for Tennessee. This win soared Tennessee from 11th to 8th in the national rankings. We will see how the rest of the season goes, as they have started out strong with a record of 4-0.