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Bryan Cox Jr. #94 of the Florida Gators tackles Joshua Dobbs #11 of the Tennessee Volunteers in the second quarter at Neyland Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Bryan Cox Jr. #94 of the Florida Gators tackles Joshua Dobbs #11 of the Tennessee Volunteers in the second quarter at Neyland Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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The SEC announced late Tuesday morning the Florida-Tennessee game will go on as planned Saturday in Gainesville.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. CBS will televise the game live.

"The University of Florida has been diligent in assessing the impact of Hurricane Irma on the Gainesville community and has made a thoughtful decision in moving forward with the game," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement.

"We appreciate the communication, coordination and cooperation among the many agencies and groups necessary to produce a game in a safe environment. Our prayers remain with the people of Florida as well as Texas as they recover from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey."

UF announced that fans should expect increased congestion and traffic before the game due to continued storm cleanup, coupled with the capacity crowd that typically accompanies a Gators-Vols contest.

Fans are encouraged to be in their seat 30 minutes earlier than a normal home game. Reserved and RV parking lots will be operational. Additionally, the school expects current road closures on Museum Road by Lake Alice to be operational by the game.

Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin announced Monday via Twitter that no UF student-athletes or coaches were harmed during the storm.

"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," Stricklin said in a school news release.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 2:16pm]

    

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