When you think of the Florida Gators and the Tennessee Volunteers, you think of all of the great offenses that these two teams have had over the years. There have been some crazy shootouts, not the least of which was the 30-28 Tennessee win on Rocky Top in 2004, which also happens to be the last time the Vols bested the Gators. But this time around though, it could be a lot different, as points in the second half have been difficult to come by for the foes of the Gators and the Volunteers thus far this year.
Last week against the Texas A&M Aggies, the Gators really stepped it up defensively. The Aggies rolled up 270 yards of offense in their first four possessions in the first half, but in the second half, the Gators only allowed them to pick up 49 total yards, three first downs, and zero trips into Florida territory.
For the season in the second half, the Gators have allowed just 131.0 yards per game, and more importantly, just a total of seven points.
Tennessee really looked like its defense was going to be in question this year when the NC State Wolfpack rolled up 239 yards and what should have been at least three scoring drives against it on the first Friday night of the season. However, Head Coach Derek Dooley clearly said something to his defense that proved to be fruitful. In the second half against the Wolfpack, the Volunteers were awesome defensively, holding them down to just 153 yards and seven points. NCSU was able to pick up just 3.8 yards per play, and that won’t cut it against a team with QB Tyler Bray under center.
Now after holding down the Georgia State Panthers last week as well, the Volunteers also have impressive second half tallies. They’ve allowed 149.5 yards per second half this year, and they have forced five turnovers (and one turnover on downs) as well.
The Florida vs. Tennessee college football odds are featuring a ‘total’ of 48 as of Friday morning, and if you’re planning on backing the ‘over’, you had better hope that a whole heck of a lot of those points end up coming in the first 30 minutes if history is going to repeat itself.