UT-Florida game is No. 14

The Florida game seems to be the most important on Tennessee's football schedule each fall, and this season may be no different. In fact, one expert rates the Vol-Gator showdown No. 14 nationally in terms of impact.

In a piece called "Early Predictions of the Top 50 Games," Pete Fiutak of Collegefootballnews.com tabs the Florida-LSU game Oct. 6 at Baton Rouge as the biggest game on the 2007 college football schedule. Moreover, he projects the Tigers as 26-13 winners.

Fiutak's top five games, in order, are:

1.Florida at LSU, Oct. 6

2.Virginia Tech at LSU, Sept. 8

3.Oklahoma at Texas, Oct. 6

4.Ohio State at Michigan, Nov. 17

5.UCLA at Southern Cal, Dec. 1

Here's what Fiutak has to say about the Vol-Florida game, scheduled three weeks before the Gators visit Baton Rouge:

14. Tennessee at Florida, Sept. 15

Always worth the price of admission, this is Tennessee's chance to show it's an SEC star again, and it might be a must-win if things don't go well in the season opener at California. Florida will have had two warmups against Western Kentucky and Troy to prepare, and that'll make all the difference. While Tennessee will be battle tested against the Bears and Southern Miss, it'll also be more beaten up and won't be able to work on the same things Florida will. In other words, the Gators will be better tuned up. Home field advantage hasn't always meant much in the series, but it'll make a difference in the first monster home game since winning the national title. Tennessee's issues in the secondary, which will be exposed in Berkeley, will also be the major problem against the Gator receiver speed.

Predicted score in July: Florida 21 ... Tennessee 16


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