Tennessee Vols: Eight Reasons To Believe They Will Beat the Florida Gators

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Tennessee Vols: Eight Reasons To Believe They Will Beat the Florida Gators
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Regardless of what you've been told or may have come to believe, this is most certainly one of the SEC's top rivalries.

It is a rivalry the Gators have owned for a couple of decades, but it is a rivalry nonetheless.

The Vols won this game only three times from 1990-1999, and three times from 2000-2009. That's six times in 20 years.

However, the winner of this game has gone on to represent the SEC East in the conference championship game 12 times since the game's inception in 1992.

The great Peyton Manning never beat the Gators. Tennessee has defeated Florida in back-to-back seasons just twice in 40 years ('70-71 and '03-04).

Of course, the teams have only played every season since 1990, but defeating a team eight times in 26 tries, dating back to 1970, is nothing to be proud of. 

Florida is only 19-18 all-time against the Vols. At least Tennessee will always have the 40's, 50's, and 60's. Come to think of it, no wonder many no longer view this as a rivalry.

Urban Meyer has not lost to Tennessee in five tries ('05-09).

This is Derek Dooley's first "Florida Week."

Can this ragtag group of Vols, with little depth and nowhere near as much talent as the Gators, actually get this next decade started out on the right foot for Tennessee?

Will Derek Dooley start his own little streak to begin the 2010s?

Here are eight reasons the Vols just might pull off a shocker against the Top-10 Gators in Knoxville on Saturday.

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