Tennessee Football vs. Florida Gators: 6 Reasons Why the Volunteers Will Win

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Tennessee Football vs. Florida Gators: 6 Reasons Why the Volunteers Will Win
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It's been a good run, Florida fans.

For the past seven years the Gators have beaten the Tennessee Volunteers football team in every game. The last five were by double digits.

This year's Volunteers believe it stops now. They are preparing to turn the yearly meeting back into a rivalry. And they just may have what it takes to do it in 2012.

No one can deny that Florida has taken complete control over the series in the past 20 years. Even so, some of the sweetest Tennessee wins over the Gators have also come during this time.

Like 1998 in Knoxville, where the Gators missed a 28-yard field goal in overtime on the game's final play of the 20-17 Vols win. UT went on to win them all and the national title that year.

Or, December 1, 2001, when No. 4 ranked Tennessee entered the Swamp an 18.5 point underdog to No. 2 Florida. U.T. ruined Steve Spurrier's last home game and the Gator's hopes for a national title that night, 34-32.

There have been even more significant Gator wins in the series. One example was In 2006, where UT led for most of the football game until the Gators stormed back to take the lead 21-20 late. Florida held on to the one point win and went on to the national title that season.

Here in 2012, neither team looks to be headed towards the BCS title game this year. Both are rebuilding after recent coaching changes.

Still, for the first time in quite a while, the Vols seem to have an advantage going into the game.

The following six reasons are why Tennessee will beat the Gators this season and end seven straight years of Florida domination of the series.

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