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Tennessee's record coming into this game: 2-0
This match-up used to have national championship implications and also determined the early favorite to win the SEC.
But this year, it'll merely be an indication of how far Tennessee has come in a short time under Kiffin.
Even the most feverish Volunteer fan shouldn't expect a win—but they'll take it if they can get it all the same.
Key Match-up: Tennessee Defensive Line vs. Florida
As crazy as this might sound, I'd rather have Florida quarterback Tim Tebow running the ball instead of throwing it.
He can't simply sit in the pocket unmolested where he'll shred the Tennessee defense, so the pass rush must flush him out.
Although the defense did a good job in last year's match-up (96 yards passing, 26 yards rushing), the Gators only punted once. So why tempt fate—especially in The Swamp?
The rest of the story: Punt and kick coverage must also improve if Tennessee hopes to stay in the game.
The Gators averaged 46 yds per punt return in last season's 30-6 loss. So limiting Tebow was great, but the return team gave him a short field to work with that canceled that great effort out.
Prediction: Florida has both Tebow and an overall edge in talent right now. The Volunteers should hang around, but ultimately will suffer their first loss of the season, 20-10.