Florida vs. Tennessee: Gators Win Big, but Aren't SEC East Favorites Just Yet

Luke PashkeCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2012

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 15: Cordarrelle Patterson # 84 of the Tennessee Volunteers is tackled by Neiron Ball #11 and Matt Elam # 22 of the Florida Gators during the first half of play at Neyland Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee.    (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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As the Florida-Tennessee game went on, the Gators flexed their muscles, setting the tone for their season. Winning 37-20, Florida (3-0) prevailed after a tightly-contested start to the game.

Jeff Driskel seems to really be settling in as a consistent quarterback, and the Gators are finally using their offensive weapons effectively. With wins over Texas A&M and Tennessee, Florida is officially on a roll.

While Will Muschamp's squad was dominant, Georgia looked far from impressive, despite the 56-20 final score, against Florida Atlantic University.

Georgia has been a difficult team to figure out.

The Bulldogs have a great quarterback in Aaron Murray, decent weapons on offense and a couple of studs on defense, but they haven't been over-the-top impressive in "cupcake games." They did, however, notch a nice win over SEC newcomer Missouri.

They have also had to deal with multiple suspensions, mostly on the defensive side of the ball.

The South Carolina Gamecocks, meanwhile, have looked solid since their tight opener against a much-improved Vanderbilt team.

After winning 17-13 at Vandy, South Carolina has cruised in its last two games, winning 48-10 and 49-6 against East Carolina and UAB, respectively.

They have an excellent running game with Marcus Lattimore, and Connor Shaw could be a solid quarterback for Steve Spurrier to work with.

Currently, I have Georgia as the favorites in the SEC East, with South Carolina very close behind. I trust Murray more than Shaw or Driskel.

As the Bulldogs defense gets closer to full strength, they should be all the more impressive. They also dodge LSU and Alabama on their schedule this year.

Still, Florida should be very competitive this year.