GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Growing up a huge Florida fan, quarterback John Brantley tried to forget losses to Tennessee. It wasn’t too difficult.
There weren’t many of them — and none lately.
The 16th-ranked Gators will try to extend their dominance in the rivalry when they host the Volunteers on Saturday. With the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division seemingly up for grabs — Georgia is 0-2 and South Carolina has been far from impressive — the game could be as meaningful as it was for more than a decade beginning in 1990.
Brantley says the game has the “same intensity that it always has.”
The Gators have won 15 of 21 since the series became an annual occurrence, including six in a row. It’s Florida longest winning streak against Tennessee since they first played in 1916.