The Tennessee Vols are 2-0 on the season and their performances thus far – 35-21 victory over North Carolina State and a 51-13 blowout over Georgia State - have been enough to garner head coach Derek Dooley’s squad the No. 23 ranking in the Associated Press College Football Poll.
The ranking – the first since Week 1 of the 2008 season – sets up a Top 25 matchup Saturday between the Vols and their arch rival, No. 18 Florida Gators. On top of that, ESPN College GameDay is heading to Rocky Top for the eighth time since the show’s inception in 1993.
Host Chris Fowler, host/reporter Samantha Steele and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will report live from campus beginning at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN for the first time since Oct. 2, 2004 when the No. 10 Vols lost to the No. 8 Auburn Tigers 34-10.
Tennessee’s record in the previous seven Knoxville GameDay matchups is 2-5.
The Vols have a long history with the popular pregame show having played a total of 17 times prior to Saturday’s appearance – good enough for tenth most in the country. The eighth hosting places Tennessee tied for fifth most all-time with USC and LSU.
Tennessee last appeared on GameDay Nov. 11, 2006 at Arkansas.
The set location on campus has not been decided and will be announced later this week.
The Tennessee-Florida rivalry is tied for the second-most covered rivalry in GameDay history. With four broadcasts from Knoxville and three from Gainesville, the matchup will be tied with Ohio State-Penn State at 7 apiece.