Since 1990, the Tennessee Volunteers have played Florida every year, typically on the third Saturday in September. Their record is 6-17 over that time span. The Vols' kryptonite is clad in orange and blue.
Saturday night's loss was an all-to familiar story for Tennessee fans. In fact, you could literally feel the 102,455 crowd (nearly 90 percent rooting for the Big Orange) lose their faith with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter when Florida went up by 14 points.
The mass exodus was both embarrassing and understandable at the same time.
Immediately after the game, I—like every other orange-blooded Tennessean—wanted to tear into the team from top to bottom. How could Tyler Bray throw two interceptions? Why is Marlin Lane not performing? What's wrong with the defense and the big plays?
But I promised myself I'd give it a day, just like you're taught to do when you have an issue at work. Write down your feelings, put it in a drawer and edit them after you have time to sleep on it.
Well, I've slept on it. Here's what we learned.