SEC Game of the Week: Tennessee-Florida to be played in Gainesville as scheduled

The SEC Game of the Week for Week 3, a top 25 matchup between Tennessee at Florida, will be played as scheduled in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday. 

The lingering impact of Hurricane Irma had brought about the possibility that the game could be moved to another venue, but the SEC announced Tuesday that the game will be played in The Swamp with a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff. 

"While we know how important it is for this campus and the Gainesville community to host a game, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those that have been impacted by the storm, and we are thankful for the support Floridians have received during this time," said Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin.
"After meeting with the city of Gainesville, campus officials and numerous staffing entities to discuss hosting the game, we are pleased that the Florida-Tennessee football game will take place in Gainesville Saturday as scheduled. There has been a tremendous amount of cooperation between local authorities, the Southeastern Conference and the Tennessee athletic program throughout this process and we are grateful for these strong partnerships."

The game can be seen on CBS and streamed on and across the CBS Sports Mobile app. 

It's the first time the Gators will be back in action since their loss to Michigan in the season-opener in Dallas. Tennessee topped Indiana State 42-7 on Saturday after its thrilling overtime win against Georgia Tech on Labor Day.

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