Game Preview: Florida at Tennessee

Check out InsideTennessee's preview of the Vols SEC opener with Florida in Knoxville. Be sure to come to IT for all the latest from Neyland Stadium.


KICKOFF: Saturday, 6:00 p.m. EST
GAMEDATE: 9/15/12
SITE: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.
SURFACE: Grass
TV: ESPN
SERIES: 19-22, Florida leads
RECORDS: Tennessee 2-0, 0-0 SEC; Florida 2-0, 1-0 SEC

KEYS TO THE GAME:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (2-0, 0-0 SEC)

For Tennessee, the key will be matching their offensive dominance on defense. Tennessee is going to score points, at this point it just seemed inevitable that the Vols will be able to strike at some point, but they must people equally well on defense.

Florida is going to try and run the football down Tennessee's throat and bleed the clock. Sal Suneri's defense will have to bow up and keep the Gators at bay and give Bray and company opportunities to strike.

FLORIDA GATORS (2-0, 1-0 SEC)

For Florida, the key is to keep the football out of Tyler Bray's hands by grinding the clock and when he does have the ball you have to get to him with pressure. Bray is to talented to give him time. He will cut you apart like a doctor with a scalpel if given the time.

The Gators have to rush the passer early and often to disrupt the Vol offensive rhythm. If they can get out to an early lead they can force Bray to make some bad decisions in the passing game.

FAST FACTS:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (2-0)

— ESPN's College Gameday is returning to Knoxville, Tenn., for the first time since 2004. The last time they were on Rocky Top No. 10 Tennessee fell to No. 8 Auburn 34-10.

— At No. 23, the Vols are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since the start of the 2008 season when Tennessee was ranked No. 18.

— The Vols have gained 500-plus yard of offense in consecutive games for the first time since 2000.

FLORIDA GATORS (2-0)

— The Gators have the all-time lead in the series against the Vols and have enjoyed recent dominance in the rivalry winning the last seven matchups.

— Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp was a co-worker of Tennessee coach Derek Dooley for five years, four at LSU and one with the Miami Dolphins.

— The Gators currently rank last in passing in the SEC, however they lead the conference in time of possession.

2012 STAT LEADERS:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (2-0)

Tyler Bray — 45-61, 643 yds., 6 TD/0 INT

Rajion Neal — 35 att., 118 yds., 3 TD

Justin Hunter — 17 catches, 219 yds., 3 TD

FLORIDA GATORS (2-0)

Jeff Driskel — 23-32, 276 yds., 1 TD/0 INT

Mike Gillislie — 38 att., 237 yds., 4 TD

Jordan Reed — 8 catches, 92 yds., 0 TD

WHAT A WIN MEANS:

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (2-0)

For Tennessee, a win could mean a huge boost in confidence both for the team and for the fan base. This is the big win that Derek Dooley has failed to convert on during his first two seasons at the helm of the Big Orange. The Vols could use this game a springboard to Atlanta in December.

FLORIDA GATORS (2-0)

For Florida, a win verifies that they were just getting warmed up in wins over Bowling Green and Texas A&M. A lot of people out there have the Vols snapping the streak, but the Gators have the mental edge. Another win means another year on the streak and more dominance over the Vols. It would be a serious statement for the Gators.


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