Tennessee Volunteers at Florida Gators: A Snoozer In The Swamp

James Walker@BRJamesWalkerAnalyst IISeptember 20, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators scrambles for yardage during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Saturday's game in The Swamp between the Gators and Vols was suppose to be a blow-out; a complete embarrassment for Lane Kiffin and his multi-million dollar coaching staff.  However, it turned out to be a snooze-fest that left many questions unanswered.

But first, did I miss an announcement that the game was going to pay homage to the SEC circa 1988?  Seriously, both Tebow and Crompton attempted 19 passes each, while a run play was called 32 times for UT and 44 times for UF.  Aaron Hernandez led all Gator receivers with four catches for a grand total of 26 yards.

Little has been mentioned about the impact of Dan Mullen's departure, but now I feel Steve Addazio's play calling and game preparation will be scrutinized, and rightfully so.  Perhaps Monty Kiffin's defensive preparation is excellent; regardless, the Gators looked uninspired and lackadaisical. 

Yes, the Gators won the game, but if what we witnessed Saturday is indicative of what the Gators will play like for the remainder of the year, we have much to be concerned about.  Let's hope it was simply a bad game, and the Gators will continue on their merry way.

I will say this; if what we saw out of Tennessee yesterday is any indication of what we have to look forward to, it won't be long before UT becomes a powerhouse once again.  Not because of the son mind you, but the coach's father is a pretty good defensive coordinator.

Maybe I am a spoiled Gator fan, or the press built expectations much higher than they should have.  Nevertheless, the Gator Nation isn't feeling so high and mighty as they once did prior to yesterday's game.


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