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Incoming Record: 2-0
In my opinion, the biggest rival of the Tennessee Volunteers is the Florida Gators. Many fans from older generations still think it's Alabama, but at least I respect the Crimson Tide.
I absolutely hate the Gators.
One of the biggest reasons for this loathing is the one-sided "rivalry" the game has turned into. Florida has won the last six meetings, most recently in blowouts. Furthermore, when the Vols won last in 2004, they had an early bye week before the game.
I hope that's not what it takes to beat the Gators these days.
Florida is in minor upheaval after another Urban Meyer retirement (this one seems permanent), but they brought in an impressive coaching staff. Still, it takes time to get used to one another, especially when the boss, Will Muschamp, has about half the resume of his egotistical offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis.
The quarterback duel between John Brantley and Tyler Bray will be a joke. Bray is clearly more talented and more confident. The goal for Tennessee will be to push the tempo and make it a track meet, a game the Vols can and will win.
Prediction: Win 31-28