This is the 10th straight year the Gators and Vols, both 2-0, have opened conference play against each other. Florida has won six in a row. It holds a 10-5 lead in the series when the game is played in Gainesville. Among the story lines is the meeting of friends: UT's Derek Dooley, left, and UF's Will Muschamp, former assistants at LSU, who will go against each other for the first time as head coaches. Neither is overly enthused about that. Both teams agree this is their first real test of the season, so neither knows what to expect with equal-caliber competition. Florida had to settle for field goals three times in the red zone last week against UAB, which it recognizes could be a deal-breaker in this game.
Antonya English, Times staff writer
No. 16 Florida vs. Tennessee, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 10, 1250-AM
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The key matchup is the Gators' inexperienced secondary against QB Tyler Bray and WRs Justin Hunter and Da'rick Rogers. Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis said the offense hasn't been more expansive so far because, frankly, it wasn't necessary with the first two opponents. So expect the Gators to pull out more from the offensive playbook. So far, RBs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps have been the biggest offensive producers, while QB John Brantley has been relegated to short passes and slants, which Weis said was predicated by "taking what the defense give us."