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The Swamp could be the difference on Saturday for the Gators.
This game used to decide the SEC East. Recently, it has posed as a minor speed bump in Florida's road to the BCS.
On paper, Florida should control this game from start to finish. Running back Chris Rainey has been the motor for the Gator offense, accumulating over 300 yards of total offense. He has given the SEC nightmares for years.
New quarterback John Brantley has shown more consistency and the defense has given up a total of three points. From a talent standpoint, Florida should win running way.
Tennessee comes in at 2-0 after an impressive home win against Cincinnati in week 2. Quarterback Tyler Bray has lived up to his hype as a prep with seven touchdowns in two games. Derek Dooley has already made strides in the right direction his second year on the job and should continue to do so as the season progresses.
Turnovers will be the key if Tennessee is going to have a chance. From a defensive standpoint, the Florida offense out-mans the Volunteer defense significantly.
Prediction: I expect this game to be one of the better games of the weekend. Both teams look to make statements as Tennessee attempts to re-introduce itself to the SEC and Florida tries to show it's still among the nation's elite.
As stated earlier, Florida has the talent to blow this game open early. I don't think they will. The Tennessee passing attack will explode early, but in the end the Gators defense will come up with enough big plays in The Swamp... Florida - 45 Tennessee - 34.