Florida Gator Great James Bates Roasts Tennessee With Throwback Videos

    Former Gators linebacker James Bates posted some throwback videos in preparation for the Florida-Tennessee game on Saturday. Jim McElwain's team is looking to make it 12 years in a row with a win over the Volunteers.

    September 21, 2016

    Former Gators linebacker James Bates posted throwback videos roasting the Volunteers ahead of the Florida-Tennesee game on Saturday.

    This is the week. Florida and Tennesee will go toe-to-toe on Saturday to renew a classic SEC rivalry.

    The Gators have won 11 consecutive games against the Volunteers and will travel to Knoxville to make it 12 in a row in front a rowdy crowd at Neyland Stadium.

    The rivalry doesn’t need the extra fuel to fan its flames, but former Gators linebacker James Bates has been supplying some anyway. A month after publicly backing Jim McElwain, claiming the Florida head coach can “win us some championships,” Bates has started posting throwback videos starring himself as Luther Ogle, his alter ego and an avid Tennessee fan.

    With a Vols hat on and fake teeth firmly planted in his mouth, Bates mocked Tennessee, and he did so in song.

    He didn’t stop there. Bates also made fun of former Vols quarterback Peyton Manning in a parody of John Michael Montgomery’s “I Can Love You Like That.”
    Bates, who was a captain on Florida’s 1996 National Championship team, told the Gator Nation Football Podcast how great it is to see his old coach, Steve Spurrier, a.k.a. the Head Ball Coach, back with the program as an Ambassador and Consultant.

    In addition to the Tennesee videos, Bates shared some HBC stories as well.

    Bates even got former Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel in on the fun. 

    Kickoff between Florida and Tennessee is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

    MORE: Florida vs. Tennessee Prediction, Game Preview


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