Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Volunteers face a serious whipping this Saturday at Florida

I have been a serious college football fan for about 30 years, and the Florida Gators may be the best team I have ever seen. I know some of the Miami and Florida State teams get the nod from many experts, but the Gators appear as impressive as both those programs when they were at their peak. Florida won both the SEC (the nation's toughest conference) and national championships last year. They return almost their entire defense, and also have quarterback Tim Tebow who may go down as one of the top five college football players in history.

This Saturday the Tennessee Volunteers go to the Swamp to play Florida as both teams open SEC play. Last week, the Vols' offense melted down in a 19-15 loss to UCLA at Neyland Stadium. If Tennessee could only manage 15 points at home against the Bruins, can we expect them to do better at Florida? No. The Vols weren't as good as their opening game thrashing of Western Kentucky sort of indicated. Really, the Vols aren't much better on offense than they were last year (at least at this point).

Much has been made out of the derogatory comments Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin made about Florida's program earlier this year, but this will not impact the game much. The Gators have more talent, better depth, and better coaches than the Volunteers right now. It is as simple as that.

Saturday will be a day to forget for Tennessee fans, but in the long run, maybe it will do some good. Maybe a thrashing on national television will convince more recruits to come to Knoxville because they will have a better chance to play as freshmen next year.

Let's hope there will be at least one silver lining in Saturday's dark cloud.

The pick: Florida 45 Tennessee 6

Other SEC picks: Georgia over Arkansas, Vanderbilt over Mississippi State, Auburn over West Virginia, Kentucky over Louisville, LSU over Louisiana-Lafayette, Ole Miss over Southeastern Louisiana, South Carolina over Florida Atlantic, Alabama over North Texas

Last week: 5-1 (.833), Overall: 15-1 (.938)

1 comment:

Chris said...

Florida 23 Tennessee 13. Overall, the team played better when compared to the UCLA game. The defense played well enough to win, and the running game showed some improvement. The quarterback position was not productive, but at least, we avoided the devastating turnovers that killed us against UCLA.