Butch Jones: Vols will not scoreboard watch LSU-Florida game – WBIR.com
Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones celebrates with wide receiver Josh Malone and defensive lineman LaTroy Lewis after the game against the Kentucky Wildcats on Nov. 12, 2016. (Photo: Randy Sartin, USA TODAY Sports)
KNOXVILLE – Tennessee Volunteers football coach Butch Jones said it will take all of his team’s “focus and concentration” playing Missouri on Saturday with only two games left in the season and a chance at appearing in an SEC title game looming.
The Tennessee Volunteers have to win their final two games of the season and need Florida to lose against LSU on Saturday in order for the Vols to reach the SEC title game in Atlanta.
“We’re concerned with only one stat, and that’s to win,” Jones said at his biweekly news conference on Monday afternoon.
UT hosts Missouri to conclude a three-game homestead at Neyland Stadium at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. The Vols – Tigers game airs on CBS.
LSU hosts Florida at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., at 1 p.m. ET Saturday. The game Tigers – Gators game airs on the SEC Network.
Jones said Monday the result of the LSU – Florida game is out of Tennessee’s control.
“In terms of scoreboard watching, we don’t ever look up at the scoreboard,” Jones said. “We have to worry about the things that we can control. Control the controllables.”
LSU and Florida were originally set to play on Oct. 8 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., but the threat of Hurricane Matthew postponed the game to Saturday.
On Saturday, LSU was originally set to play South Alabama, and Florida would have played Presbyterian. According to USA TODAY, LSU will pay South Alabama a $1.5 million buyout fee, and Florida will have to pay Presbyterian a $500,000