This game is huge for both teams but is much bigger for Tennessee. After their week one lost to California, they can't lose another game and still have a hopes at the national championship. Two loses and you are out for sure. Erik Ainge may be the best QB in the country that no one is talking about. He has a QB efficiency rating of 141.50, which is fourth best in the SEC. He also has only thrown one interception in his last seven games (199 att). The young wide receivers may be coming of age. Josh Briscoe, Austin Rogers and Lucas Taylor all were members of 2005 signing class and none really have made an impact till now. All three have combined to catch 33 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns so far this season. All three have set career highs in catches and yards. All three are going to have to play well in a very tough place to play. They are going to have to do the best to overcome the nerves they will have I'm sure. We may be seeing the real Arian Foster this season and that is great for Tennessee. His 5.94 yards per carry is second in the SEC. Tennessee is going to have to step it up on defense to have any shot in this game. The defense has really only played good for one half this season and they will be tested all game long against Florida. They are going to have to play a bend but don't break defense in this game. Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis' job this week was to bulk up the secondary. First he had to find someone to replacing senior cornerback Antonio Gaines, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee against Southern Miss. Freshman Eric Berry has proven a versatile member of the secondary by playing both cornerback and safety and may help fill in the gap left by Gaines. Berry already has 12 tackles in his two games. Other players who might see playing time in the secondary against Florida include junior DeAngelo Willingham at cornerback and sophomore Ricardo Kemp, freshman Dennis Rogan and junior Nevin McKenzie at the safety slots. He is going to have to find who is playing the best and go with them. They all are going to have their work cut out for them in this game. Florida is going to go as far as Tim Tebow is going to take them. He has a passer rating of 228.2, which is second highest in the nation. Tebow has completed 73.8 percent of his passes and looks to be a perfect fit in Urban Meyer system. Florida defense has had some trouble is year and they also will have to step it up in this game. There is still a lot of questions about Florida because they really have not played anyone this year and this will be their first real test. This should be a great game but I am taking Florida (Which kills me as a Tennessee fan) in a wild one.
Florida 41 Tennessee 37