Matchup: Florida

This week, Tennessee takes on Florida in Gainesville. This is our take on this Vols vs Gators matchup.

Game #: 1107
Site: Gainesville
Date: Sep. 17
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Gators - Meyer


Vols

Gators
OLCOMMENTSOL

The return of center Richie Gandy enables Rob Smith to move back to guard. That gives UT a much better blocking front than it had in Game 1.

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

Rick Clausen is one cool customer but he lacks the arm strength and mobility of Florida's Chris Leak.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

Gerald Riggs and DeShawn Wynn are two of the SEC's finest tailbacks. If one of them gets rolling, his team is almost sure to prevail.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

Florida has three or four quality wideouts. Tennesse has five or six. That's the difference.


Vols

Gators
DLCOMMENTSDL

Florida is stronger at end but Tennessee is stronger at tackle. The Vols also have better depth across the front.

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

Vol seniors Kevin Simon and Omar Gaither are on the Butkus watch list, while redshirt freshman Jerod Mayo is a budding star.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

Florida's first two foes completed just 39 percent of their passes. That's impressive, no matter how weak the opposition was.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

Florida averages 34 yards on kickoff returns, UT 16. Florida averages 43 yards per punt, UT 38. But the Gators have missed two of seven PATs.


Vols

Gators
INTANGIBLES

The Swamp is one of the noisiest venues in college football, especially at night. And UT hasn't seen an offense quite like Florida's spread option.

PREDICTION

Tennessee has won its last two games at Florida Field. Make it three. Vols 27, Gators 24.


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