The Athletic made what they described as an “oddly specific” prediction for the Tennessee Vols‘ matchup against the Florida Gators on September 24.
Tennessee will be looking to beat Florida for the first time since 2016 and only the second time since 2004. The Gators have a new head coach in Billy Napier, which should work in the Vols’ favor (nothing against Napier, but it’ll take him some time to build the culture the right way in Gainesville).
The Athletic thinks the Vols’ matchup against the Gators will be the highest-scoring SEC game of the season.
Neyland Stadium will be quaking for the SEC opener on Sept. 24. Vols fans see a chance to end a 1-16 slump against Florida, and I see an ideal time to make some nonreportable income by betting the over. The Gators were part of the SEC’s highest-scoring game last season, combining with Samford for 122 points. They also staged a shootout at LSU that produced 91. When Tennessee and Purdue went for 93 in the Music City Bowl, it marked the sixth time for a Vols game to eclipse 70 points. My prediction: Josh Heupel’s offense goes hypersonic, Billy Napier’s offense tries to keep pace, Hendon Hooker and Anthony Richardson unleash a torrent of touchdowns, and Tennessee-Florida becomes the SEC’s highest-scoring game in 2022.
The Athletic doesn’t predict whether or not Tennessee will beat Florida. But if the offense is operating at a high level, it definitely works to the Vols’ advantage.
One thing to note about this prediction: We all thought the Tennessee/Ole Miss game last season would be the highest-scoring SEC game of the season.
But that didn’t end up being the case. Ole Miss beat the Vols 31-26. The over/under for that game was 82.5, which they didn’t even come close to hitting.
The Florida game could end up being the same way, though I’m sure Tennessee would prefer for it to be a shootout.
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