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This game could go one of two ways. It will either be a defensive battle between to good defenses, or Tim Tebow will make Lane Kiffin eat his words for saying that they would go to the swamp and beat the defending national champions when he was first hired several months ago.
Offensively, this game falls on the shoulders of of Tennessees running backs Montario Hardesty and Bryce Brown. They will have to get the running game going to have any chance to open up the passing game.
Florida's secondary, and defense as a whole for that matter, returns every starter from a year ago when they kept Tennessee to 6 points.
Brandon Spikes and Ryan Stamper will make things extremely difficult on Crompton again this year if Gerald Jones doesn't get the ball in his hands to make a big play.
Unfortunately for UT fans i don't think that Crompton is going to have much time to get the ball down field to make many big plays which in return is going to be their downfall in this game.
The real key for UT is going to be not turning the ball over deep in their own territory and to not kick the ball to Brandon James when they have to punt.
Florida may not have much luck in this game moving the ball against this stout UT defense much like last year. Eric Berry and Rico McCoy return and will look to get to Tim Tebow and pressure him into making some bad decisions.
Tennessee won't give Tebow much of a window to make long passes so Florida will have to get Emanuel Moody and Chris Rainey to run the ball down Tennessee's throat in a hope to get some creases to hit Cooper or Nelson for a big play.
Overall, I don't like this matchup again for UT especially since it is at "The Swamp" this year.
Since Urban Meyer has had pictures of UT football on every one of the Gators lockers, i don't think that UT will come away with a win. I do believe that it will be a good game and not a blowout. Florida 28-10.