Florida Football vs. Tennessee Vols: 5 Keys for Gators to Win in Knoxville

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Florida Football vs. Tennessee Vols: 5 Keys for Gators to Win in Knoxville
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Up next for head coach Will Muschamp's revamped Florida Gators are head coach Derek Dooley's revamped Tennessee Volunteers. Can Florida maintain its seven years of dominance over Tennessee?

Of course the fans all say yes. However, getting a win in Knoxville this year may be a little trickier than the past few.

Here, we will look at what makes Tennessee a better team this year, along with what the Gators will need to do to get a win on Saturday.

Two games into the 2012 season, Tennessee has one of the most respected passing games in college football. Although its 51-13 shellacking of Georgia State is not considered a quality win, the 35-21 win over N.C. State in Week 1 would.

N.C. State had returned virtually its entire defense. Its defensive backfield was starting the same group for the second year in a row. At game time, N.C. State supposedly had the best defensive backs in the nation.

Tennessee's junior threesome—quarterback Tyler Bray, along with receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson—shredded the Wolfpack secondary. Bray was 27-of-41 for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

In 2011, the Vols came into the swamp with Bray and a pair of highly touted receivers. Unfortunately for Justin Hunter, he received a serious knee injury just a few plays into the game and was gone for the season.

By the time Tennessee regrouped in the game, it was down by 16 points. Florida won 33-23, but all the news wasn't bad for UT.

Bray was 26-of-48 for 288 yards. He was intercepted twice and sacked three times. But this was all after losing his top receiver. Considering that, the recovery was impressive.

This year, Tennessee has a stronger, more experienced offensive line. And Bray is a year older and his receivers are possibly better than 2011.

Lastly, Tennessee can run the football this year. The Volunteers rushed for 191 yards on N.C. State and 184 against Georgia State.

The Tennessee offense is strong. It moved the ball through the air on the Gators last season. There is no reason to think it won't do that provided it doesn't have a devastating injury this time.

The question mark is with the Vols' retooled defense. They have done well overall in the first two games of 2012. 

Still, N.C. State, which supposedly had an excellent offense, only scored 10 points in its second game against Connecticut. As a result, some questions exist as Georgia State doesn't have a strong offense either.

If Florida is going to win its eighth consecutive game over Tennessee, here are five things that must happen.

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