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Sept. 21, 2013 | 3:30 p.m. ET
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium | Gainesville, Fla.
TV: CBS | Radio: Vol Network | Satellite Radio: Sirius Premier Ch. 91, XM Ch. 91
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AT FIRST GLANCE

  • Saturday's game represents the 43rd meeting between Tennessee and Florida.
  • Florida has a 23-19 series advantage, including an eight-game winning streak, the longest for the Gators in the series. UT's last win in the series was on Sept. 19, 2004, a 30-28 victory at home.
  • Florida owns an 11-5 edge in Gainesville. The Vols last won at UF in 2001 and 2003.
  • The Vols have defeated the Gators four times since 1998, and in three of those seasons, Tennessee has appeared in the SEC Championship Game (1998, 2001, 2004; also won in 2003).
  • Tennessee has scored at least 30 points vs. Florida only twice in the last 12 meetings, winning both games (34-32 in 2001, 30-28 in 2004).

A TENNESSEE WIN WOULD...

  • Represent the first win over the Gators since 2004 and snap an eight-game UT losing streak to Florida.
  • End an eight-game conference road losing streak since a 24-10 win at Vandy on Nov. 20, 2010, including all SEC road games in 2011 and 2012. The Vols would also be 1-0 in SEC play for the first time since 2004.
  • Give Tennessee its first win over a ranked team since beating No. 21 South Carolina on Oct. 31, 2009 and the first road win over a ranked team since Oct. 7, 2006 at No. 10 Georgia (51-33). The Vols defeated No. 18 Wisconsin on a neutral site in the Jan. 1, 2008 Outback Bowl (21-17).
  • Improve Tennessee to 3-1 for the third consecutive season, but also for only the fourth time in the last eight seasons from 2006-13.

LEAGUE LEADERS

  • The Volunteers lead the SEC in red zone defense (66.7%), turnover margin (+2.0), fewest penalty yardage (19.0), and in opponent penalties (72.0). UT ranks tied for first in fewest penalties (6) and fewest sacks against (0.67 per game, 2 total).

CONFERENCE OPENING SUCCESS

  • There have been three Tennessee coaches to win their SEC debuts.
  • Butch Jones, who has won his last two conference openers with Central Michigan (52-31 over Toledo, Sept. 8, 2007) and Cincinnati (35-27 over Louisville, Oct. 15, 2010) will have the opportunity to do so Saturday.
  • Robert Neyland, not yet a General, won UT's first SEC game, 20-0 over Mississippi State in 1933. W.H. Britton won his SEC debut against Auburn, 13-6, in his only season at UT, filling in for Neyland in 1935.
  • From there, no Vol coach would win his SEC debut (seven straight losses) until Phillip Fulmer, who actually did it twice, both times over Georgia.
  • Fulmer beat the Bulldogs in Athens, 34-31, as the interim coach in 1992, and in Knoxville, 38-6, a year later.

TURNOVER TICKER

  • Tennessee is tied for third (Ohio, Wake Forest) in the nation in 2013 with nine turnovers forced in 2013 (North Texas and Tulane - 11).
  • The Vols forced only 12 turnovers in the entire 2012 season.
  • With seven interceptions, the Vols lead the SEC and are tied for second in the NCAA (Northwestern, 8).
  • The Vols' turnover margin of +6 (+2.0/game) leads the SEC ranks tied for fourth nationally.
  • UT forced seven turnovers vs. WKU (five INTs, two fumbles), the team's most since seven vs. Memphis on Nov. 10, 1984, including forcing turnovers on an NCAA-record four consecutive plays in the first quarter.
  • Additionally, Jones has the highest turnover margin per game of any FBS coach who have led teams during the last three consecutive seasons.

OFFENSIVE OUTPUT

  • The Vols have scored 111 points (45 vs. Austin Peay, 52 vs. WKU, 14 at Oregon), the fourth-most points by a Tennessee team through three games since 1915 (122 through two games).
  • Through three games. UT has outscored last year's high-scoring offense, which has five of those players currently on NFL rosters, 111-106.
  • The Vols scored 24 points in the first quarter vs. Western Kentucky, the most for UT in a single quarter since scoring 27 at Memphis in 2010 and the most in the first quarter since scoring 35 vs. Arkansas in 2000.
  • UT scored 42 points in the first half vs. Austin Peay, the most in a half since scoring the same number in the first half of a 42-7 win over Memphis in 2009.

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