Pandemonium Reigns: Will UT Upset The Struggling Gators?

J FitzContributor IIISeptember 15, 2010

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 20: Tennessee fans cheer during the game between the Florida Gators and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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For the past 5 years Tennessee has suffered defeat at the hands of Florida. There have been nail biters, blowouts, and moral victories in those 5 years.

Although, something tells me Saturday will not be about the past. I believe it will be about the future. I don’t think Tauren Poole will be thinking about any of those losses. Matt Simms did not play in those games. I don’t think Derek Dooley remembers any of those games, either.

I think the best thing the Vols can do to help their chances against Florida is to forget the past and start looking to the future. Many fans claim that this is not the same Tennessee team of the past.

The same could also be said of Florida.

Coming into this game Florida has fumbled the ball 13 times. That is just the kind of break Tennessee would need to capitalize on to get the crowd into the game. They are also only 1 of 3, and have missed a PAT, on field goal attempts. I am sure Vol fans know how important the kicking game is in SEC play.

However, the stat I am most encouraged by is how many rushing yards UF has given up. Their opponents have posted 248 yards against the Gator defense.

With the SEC’s leading rusher, Tauren Poole on a hot streak this may play an important factor in the games outcome. Poole is coming off a 166 yard, 1 touchdown performance against Oregon and seems to be running with a purpose.

There is no way to predict what will happen in Neyland Stadium on September 18th, 2010. But, Tennessee does have some of the chips in their favor this year.

However, I do have one prediction for the game: If UT wins…

Pandemonium will reign.