Saturday, September 18, 2010
Big stage for Gators, Vols
By Chris Low
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Welcome from Rocky Top, where the Vol Navy is out in full force.
There are few settings around the college football landscape that compare to Neyland Stadium, the way it sits on the banks of the Tennessee River and the color and pageantry that are a part of game day on the Tennessee campus.
But there’s also been a dark could that’s hovered over the entire Vols’ athletic department for the past year and a half – from the whole Lane Kiffin disaster, to some embarrassing off-the-field problems for the football and basketball teams, and most recently the NCAA investigations of the football, basketball and baseball teams.
In short, Tennessee could use a win against Florida in the worst way. This hasn't been much of a rivalry lately. The Gators are gunning for their sixth straight win in the series.
Looking at it from the Florida perspective, the Gators need to get that offense going in the worst way, and playing on the road for the first time this season, need to avoid another poor start offensively.
This is a big stage for Florida quarterback John Brantley. He seemed to find some rhythm, in the second half last week. The Gators are going to need more from him as they go forward.