Vol-Gator matchup chart

What follows is a position-by-position look at Saturday's game between Tennessee and 10th-ranked Florida at Neyland Stadium:

Game #: 1171
Site: Knoxville
Date: Sep. 18
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Dooley and for the Gators - Meyer


Vols

Gators
OLCOMMENTSOL

Florida's Mike Pouncey struggled early with shotgun snaps but UT's line has struggled lately with pass protection.

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

Let's just say juniors Matt Simms of UT and John Brantley of UF have not reminded anyone of Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow thus far.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

Tauren Poole is averaging an SEC-best 136 yards per game but Florida's Jeff Demps is averaging a whopping 12.5 yards per carry.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

The game's two marquee wideouts, UT's Gerald Jones and UF's Chris Rainey, won't play. Thus, both teams must rely on talented but unproven pass catchers.


Vols

Gators
DLCOMMENTSDL

Except for Gator end Justin Trattou and Vol end Chris Walker, each team is relatively inexperienced along the defensive front.

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

Vol 'backers are better than they showed last weekend vs. Oregon. Gator LBs haven't impressed, either.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

Tennessee's defensive backs are OK, whereas Florida probably has the most talented secondary in college football.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

UF's Caleb Sturgis is just 1 of 3 on field-goal tries, UT's Daniel Lincoln 4 of 4. The Gators' Jeff Demps averages 37.8 yards on kickoff returns, however.


Vols

Gators
INTANGIBLES

Tennessee has a sizable home-field advantage and the determination to snap a five-game losing streak in the series.

PREDICTION

The Gators are struggling and clearly vulnerable. Tennessee may not have enough athletes to exploit those vulnerabilities, however. Gators, 24-17.


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