Even with all five line starters back from '07, Tennessee's pass protection has been shaky. Still, the Vols rate a tentative nod.
Tim Tebow is trying to find room for another Heisman Trophy. Jonathan Crompton is trying to find himself.
The Gators have way more speed at tailback but the Vols have more depth with Foster, Hardesty, Creer and Poole.
Basically, UT's duo of Lucas Taylor and Gerald Jones cancels out UF's duo of Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy.
Florida has more raw talent but the Vols' tackle trio of Demonte Bolden, Dan Williams and Walter Fisher is playing surprisingly well.
Rico McCoy is an ace and Ellix Wilson is a pleasant surprise but Florida returns all three '07 starters, led by superstar Brandon Spikes.
Like UT, Florida played a young secondary that took some lumps in '07 before maturing in '08. Tennessee's edge is in quantity, not quality.
Chris Henry (48.3) averages 10 yards per punt more than UT's Chad Cunningham, and Brandon James is the most dangerous return man in college football.
Tennessee has the home field but Phil Fulmer is 1-7 in his last eight home games against foes ranked in the top 10. In addition, he is 0-3 against Urban Meyer.
The Gators have too much speed, too much confidence and too much momentum. Tennessee will be competitive but not victorious. Florida 24, Tennessee 16.
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