The Vols vs. the clock
Florida leads the SEC in time of possession (34:08), but ranks 11th in first downs (35). What does this mean? The Gators take their good ol' time. As N.C. State and Georgia State learned, the best defense against the Vols' offense is keeping it off the field. UT strikes quickly with a hurry-up, big-play aerial attack. Knowing as much, Florida may look to dawdle offensively as much as possible.
The Vols' front seven vs. Florida's offensive line
Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel was sacked eight times last weekend by Texas A&M. The Vols have notched four sacks in two games with one coming from the defensive line and three from the linebacking corps. Shuffling various blitz packages out of multiple defensive sets, including the newly installed 3-4 defense, UT has pressured opposing quarterbacks, but will look to have a field day against Driskel.
UT QB Tyler Bray: Two 300-yard passing games, six touchdowns and no interceptions bolster a statline that puts Bray's quarterback rating as the fifth best in the country. The junior enters the Florida game having completed 13 consecutive passes. The streak is tied for third longest in Vols history with Casey Clausen (2000) and Jeff Francis (1988). Two more completions will tie him with Erik Ainge (2006) for second, while it will take 12 straight to catch Tee Martin's record of 25 in 1998.
Florida RB Mike Gillislee: Averaging just 155.0 yards per game through the air after two games, the Gators' offense uses Gillislee's feet to keep moving forward. The junior has carried the ball 38 times for an SEC-best 231 yards. He scored two touchdowns against both Bowling Green and Texas A&M. Against the Aggies, Gillislee's 12-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter stood as the game-winning score.
UT K Mike Palardy: Boos from the Neyland Stadium crowd accompanied Palardy as he trotted off the field last Saturday after botching an extra-point against Georgia State. Earlier in the game, a 39-yard field-goal sailed wide. Walk-on Derrick Brodus will take over UT's field goals and extra points this week, while Palardy's duties are cut down to kickoffs. Brodus, a junior from Maryville, made a 25-yard field goal and a PAT after replacing Palardy in the fourth quarter last weekend.
Florida's offensive line: Surrendering eight sacks on the road is one thing. Surrendering eight sacks to a team that finished the entire 2011 season with nine sacks, is entirely different. The Gators' paper mache offensive line lost control of last week's game at Texas A&M and left Driskel running for his life.
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Tennessee 30, Florida 27
Vols win on game-winning field goal by Brodus. Heeding the warnings from Knoxville Police Department, fans leave Neyland, head to Blount County and rip down the goalposts at Aloca High School, Brodus' alma mater.