Devil's Advocate (UF)

Florida will manhandle Tennessee Saturday at The Swamp. The case is so strong that even a rookie public defender could win it.

Consider the evidence:

Exhibit A: Quarterback. Florida has Tim Tebow. A lot of folks think he's the best college QB on the planet. Tennessee has Jonathan Crompton. A lot of folks think he's not even the best college QB on Tennessee's roster.

Exhibit B: Team speed. Florida features three of the fastest guys in college football. Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey are blazers at tailback; Brandon James is a blur on kickoff and punt returns. Tennessee features speed in its 2010 recruiting class.

Exhibit C: Offensive line. Florida has a healthy one. Tennessee has an unhealthy one. The Vol blocking front is being held together by Band-Aids and gauze.

Exhibit D: Receivers. Florida's wideouts don't know how good they can be. Tennessee's wideouts don't know where they're supposed to be.

Exhibit E: Florida returns every first-team defender and every second-team defender from a 2008 team that won the national title. Tennessee has four first-team defenders back from a 2008 team that won five of 12 games.

Exhibit F: Special teams. Florida returns a punter who averaged 43.4 yards last fall and a placement specialist who nailed 12 of 13 field goals last fall. Tennessee returns a punter who averaged 39.5 yards last fall and a placement specialist who made 10 of 18 field goals last fall.

Exhibit G: Coaching. Florida head man Urban Meyer has won two of the past three national championships. Tennessee head man Lane Kiffin has won one of his first two college games.

Exhibit H: Florida has an overwhelming home-field advantage at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Tennessee has not played a road game under its new staff.

That's just the opening statement. The evidence will be presented at 3:30 Saturday afternoon.


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