Florida Gators to host Tennessee Vols in Gainesville as scheduled Saturday

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The SEC office is monitoring the situation in Gainesville, Fla., the site of Saturday's Florida-Tennessee football game, following the passage of Hurricane Irma. Still, Jones made it evident in his press conference that they were preparing to make a trip to The Swamp. Tennessee and Florida are both playing their first SEC game.

After a 42-7 win over Indiana State on Saturday, Tennessee dropped two spots in the USA Today Coaches poll but gained two spots in the AP poll.

Tennessee athletic director John Currie said Florida kept lines of communication open throughout the weekend, leading up to the final decision. "Wherever we play, we're going to go out and compete and do what we can to win in the end". This week features the possible relocation of the Florida game, the quarterback competition and a preview of the Volunteers matchup with the Gators. The Gators managed to scratch together only 154 total yards, 11 on the ground.

Irma, then a Category 1 hurricane, hit Gainesville late Sunday evening and early Monday morning, leaving more than half the city without power and debris and flooding scattered throughout, too.

Last week, senior receiver Brandon Powell tried to sum up the team's mindset after the opening loss. Everybody can say what they want to say. Fans traveling in and around Gainesville for the game are encouraged to allow more time than usual to get to the stadium. Dormady, a junior, enters the week with a passer rating of 143.7 to go along with 415 passing yards, four touchdowns and an interception. It's the first time in a while that has happened.

The Vols have all the advantages: Florida has 10 players suspended, their city has been ravaged by a hurricane (how is it possible for their players to even focus on preparing for a game), and their offense looked completely bad against MI. "We have to control what we can control and that's our preparation for this football game". "When something doesn't work, you don't just give up".

The trade-off is that Florida will host LSU the next two seasons.

The Gators were outgained by MI 433-192.

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