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Saturday, September 19, 2009
Moral victories in the SEC?

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low


Tennessee’s 23-13 loss to Florida on Saturday was one of the biggest moral victories we’ve seen in the SEC in some time.

Yeah, I know, nobody in this league acknowledges that moral victories even exist.

But they do.

For the Gators, their 13th consecutive win raises a few questions, notably whether or not these guys have what it takes at running back and receiver this season to take home another BCS national championship.

Heck, after Saturday’s performance, who says they make it out of the SEC?

Tim Tebow is still the most indispensable player in college football, but the Gators miss Percy Harvin’s playmaking skills all over the field and Louis Murphy’s speed on the outside. They desperately need some of those other guys to come on.

Here’s the other thing: Tennessee’s defense is terrific and didn’t back down, even when it looked like Florida was going to break the game open there in the fourth quarter.

Lane Kiffin won't be signing "Rocky Top all night long," but he can be proud of his team and know there are better days ahead.