The Tennessee-Florida rivalry used to be one of the most hotly contested rivalries in the SEC, and maybe even the country. Full of close games and hatred, this rivalry has now wilted ever since Urban Meyer took up the spot at Florida in 2005 and led the Gators on a 4 game win streak over the Vols with the last two games not even being close.
Overall series record:
First Game Played:
24-0 Tennessee win
Overall points scored:
758 for Florida, 791 for Tennessee
Last 5 meetings:
4-1 In favor of Florida, only loss was in 2004 with a 30-28 loss in Knoxville
2004: 30-28 Vols (in Knoxville)
2005: 16-7 Gators (in Gainesville)
2006: 21-20 Gators (in Knoxville)
2007: 59-20 Gators (in Gainesville)
2008: 30-6 Gators (in Knoxville)
Reasons for the Gap:
Simply put, Urban Meyer is the best in the business. That's my opinion at least.
It also doesn't hurt the Gators that they have been full of studs for the last couple years, including one Tim Tebow.
Tennessee's players just don't stack up, and neither does the coaching. Then again, who does stack up to Florida?
With Bryce Brown coming into Tennessee and Tebow leaving Florida along with a plethora of other players, look for this rivalry to get a little closer. But still, Kiffin is no Meyer, and coaching is still the biggest key in winning.