Between the Lines: The Vols' Tough Matchups in 2009

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Between the Lines:  The Vols' Tough Matchups in 2009
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Going into every season, there are games that anyone can deem as "big" or "swing" games. Almost anyone can figure out who the best teams in the nation are and find the superstars on those teams.

A big factor in a team's ultimate success or failure, however, resides in matchups. Overall talent on a team is a factor in winning and losing, but some team's strengths ultimately expose another teams weaknesses and becomes one of the bigger factors in the outcome of the game.

The following is a look at some of the "tough" matchups the University of Tennessee Volunteers will face this upcoming season and will be critical to whether the season ends up a success or failure.

The order of the matchups is based on the order of the schedule, not on degree of difficulty. I will try and opine in the piece which ones I think are the more difficult ones.

The predictions on each matchup are not indicative of who I think will win the game, but merely who has the advantage in the key matchup being discussed.

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