Despite heavy rains and plenty of cleanup the Gators will host Tennessee Saturday
The University of Florida Gators will host Tennessee at “The Swamp,” Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in a game to be seen nationally on CBS. Meanwhile, Saturday night it was decided that the big showdown between Florida State and Miami would be rescheduled for October 7th when both teams were set for a bye week.
No. 24 Florida will host No. 23 Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in both teams SEC opener. The game will take place at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, as originally scheduled.
“While we know how important it is for this campus and the Gainesville community to host a game, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those that have been impacted by the storm, and we are thankful for the support Floridians have received during this time,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a news release Tuesday.
“After meeting with the City of Gainesville, campus officials and numerous staffing entities to discuss hosting the game, we are pleased that the Florida-Tennessee football game will take place in Gainesville Saturday as scheduled,” Stricklin said. “There has been a tremendous amount of cooperation between local authorities, the Southeastern Conference and the Tennessee athletic program throughout this process and we are grateful for these strong partnerships.
Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference also issued a statement.
“The University of Florida has been diligent in assessing the impact of Hurricane Irma on the Gainesville community and has made a thoughtful decision in moving forward with the game,” Sankey said. “We appreciate the communication, coordination, and cooperation among the many agencies and groups necessary to produce a game in a safe environment. Our prayers remain with the people of Florida as well as Texas as they recover from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.”
Meanwhile, the University of Florida enters this key showdown for the inside track for the SEC East crown with a 0-1 record. It was an opening weekend loss to Michigan that got the Gators in a hole early in the season.
They were to face Northern Colorado, but that game was canceled as the state got ready for the arrival and impact of Irma.
Tennessee comes into the game with the Gators at 2-0 after a wild double-overtime 42-41 win over Georgia Tech. They followed that win up with an easy victory over FCS foe Indiana State this past weekend.