Tennessee will have to wait another year for a shot at Southeastern Conference rival Florida.
The Volunteers ruined any chance of ending their losing streak in the series by committing six turnovers - four in the first half - in a 31-17 loss against the 19th-ranked Gators on Saturday.
Tennessee, which has lost nine in a row against the Gators, had little luck with either quarterback and failed to take advantage of a season-ending leg injury to Florida's Jeff Driskel in the first quarter.
''Losing is never accepted or tolerated at Tennessee,'' first-year coach Butch Jones said. ''But I'm proud of our team. They showed resiliency. They didn't quit. They gave us an opportunity to be in the game at the end of the game. We have to keep getting better. We have to keep things in perspective as we continue to build this football program. We took some small steps, but we have a long way to go.''
The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) had hoped to rebound from an embarrassing, ...