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CBS analyst Gary Danielson believes today's game is "must-win" for Gators over Vols



Florida will face Tennessee today at 3:30 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised on CBS.

Here is some of what the CBS analysts had to say about today's game:

Gary Danielson, CBS analyst:

"Their October is brutal. When you look at their schedule, this is a game they have to win. It's a huge win for Derek Dooley if he does it but to me, it's a must win for Will Muschamp. Welcome to the SEC, Will. Because if you don't win this game, your October could be an 0-fer. It could be. Alabama, at LSU, at Auburn, Georgia. I mean, it could get really, really crazy there. Everyone wants to see progress and when the previous coach has beaten Tennessee six times in a row you don't want to lose at home.''

"I've got mixed emotions about them (both teams). To me they both have to prove that they are worthy of mention as contenders for the SEC. They are clearly not in the upper echelon of teams at the beginning of season but when we entered this game just a year ago most of the talking heads believed that Florida was the team to beat. So you do it on the field, you do it week in and week out. A year ago, we were all touting John Brantley as the SEC quarterback to beat, preseason All-SEC and obviously he wasn't. And a year ago, you could see all the star players were in blue and this year you can see the difference makers on the field on offense, although Florida has many, so does Tennessee. And it's the first time in my six years that I can say that there is equal talent on both offenses.''

Verne Lundquist. CBS play-by-play announcer

"If I'm a Tennessee fan, I'm very, very encouraged about what they've done, particularly on offense, the first two weeks. . . . But we're talking about Montana and Cincinnati. Can they do it against a big boy team, as Derek Dooley referred to it? By the same token, I'm not sure what we've learned out of Florida except they haven't given up a touchdown yet.''

Spencer Tillman, CBS studio announcer

"I think (Bray) will be able to take advantage of an underclass backend for Florida which is something that we have not seen anybody, at least with any degree of consistency, be able to do in recent years anyway. Florida's backend wasn't particularly great last year but I think this year Bray, based on what I've seen ,will be able to take advantage of some things with the underclassmen back there. I think also alternately I would like to see John Brantley push the ball downfield. Most of his completions have been in the boundary and in the flats. he's a fifth year senior. He was competing with guys who are playing tight end now. . . . I'm still scratching my head at this point to see what is there.  Until I see that I'm really going to give Tennessee an edge in this contest based on the multiple skill set they have wide receiver and with Poole at running back. They are more balanced and more prepared to come away with a victory than Florida is in this one. I just don't think Rainey over the course
of the year will be able to hold up for this game. He may hold up for another week. I don't expect him to get anywhere near 100 yards rushing like he's had. I really see this playing out with each team being able to do what they do best and that's achieve balance and I think Tennessee is the best team to achieve balance in this contest.''









[Last modified: Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:14pm]


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