"Obviously, it's a huge game in the SEC," Vol head coach Phillip Fulmer said this week. "The game has meant a great amount to the team that wins it and it puts the other in chase mode. We've been on both sides."
He'll find out soon enough. Right?
As big as the Florida game is, Fulmer noted that it is not a be-all/end-all game. It is one step on the path to the title … albeit a very big step.
"There's not an end-all game; anything can happen during the course of a year," the coach said.
Still, the winner of the Vol-Gator game gets a leg up in the title hunt, and that's significant. Conversely, the loser faces an uphill battle just to get back in the chase for the SEC East crown.
"You'd like to not be in chase mode," Fulmer said. "This game is huge, as far as being a step toward that."