Filler for a Hate-Week Friday
ESPN’s Chris Low is picking Florida, 34-24, because (1) Florida’s big-play potential [doesn't Tennessee have big-play potential?] and (2) the superiority of the Gator special teams. He adds that a key for Tennesse will be for Bray and Co. to gain lots of yards on first down. Amen on that one.
Update (4:50 pm EDT Friday): John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel and GoVolsXtra.com is picking Tennessee, 27-20. John figures that based on the fact the Vols outscored opponents 155-52 in the first half of our first two games, another fast start at The Swamp would do more than bolster the Vols’ confidence – it could quiet a usually raucous Gator crowd, leading to a Tennessee win. Many of John’s commenters figure he has been nipping the Orange Kool-aid. John is 40-3 (.930) for his picks so far this season, according to his article.
College Football By The Numbers is picking the Gators 29.5 – 21. I’m gonna watch the game just to see how Florida scores a half a point. [Scott Albrecht does a great job over there with his statistical approaches to the game.]
EDSBS writes that “the crux of (the Florida-Tennessee) game depends on Bray not functioning properly.” Florida’s defense will try everything in their physical power to make this happen by trying to convert him into a gumby doll.
Team Speed Kills reminds us that Saturday’s game in The Swamp will be Tyler Bray’s first start outside of the state of Tennessee. Hey, he’s only 19.
Saturday Down South is asking the same question that all of us are: “Can Tennessee continue to win with its three-headed monster on offense?” He doesn’t give an answer, but adds “Look for these three to continue to put up huge numbers.”
Unlike SDS, Mark McLeod at MrSEC.com doesn’t expect the big plays of Bray to Rogers/Hunter ”to continue this week or the remainder of the season.”
Mark also comments that our remaining schedule “was seemingly designed by a creamsickle orange-hating Alabama fan (by playing) Florida, (Buffalo), Georgia, LSU, Alabama, South Carolina, (Middle Tennessee State), and Arkansas through mid-November.”
I think that is a compliment.