KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has reason to believe it’s on the verge of ending nearly a decade of frustration against Florida.

The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) are slight favorites Saturday as they attempt to end a nine-game losing streak in this annual series. This marks only the second time in the last 10 years Tennessee has been favored over the Gators.

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Tennessee’s 35-32 loss at No. 13 Georgia in its SEC opener last week has given the Vols faith they can compete with just about anyone in the SEC. Florida (2-1, 1-1) eked out an overtime win over Kentucky and lost 42-21 to No. 3 Alabama in its first two conference games.

The Gators had two weeks to prepare for Tennessee and say they regrouped during the long layoff.

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