The Smokey Chomp


UT vs UF: 3 Weeks Out
September 1, 2008, 2:09 am
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With just 3 weeks left to the game we (and Kirk Herbstreet for that matter who predicts Florida to win the national championship) have all been waiting for i feel it is suited for a much biased preview. This is going to be tough having not seen the outcome of UT vs UCLA. If you look at both teams Tennessee is really the more well-rounded. They have the better overall defense anchored by their secondary with two potential all-americans in Demetrice Morley and Eric Berry while both teams have pretty comparable defensive lines. The offense is where it gets interesting because it can really swing either way. Tennessee has the RB edge by far with Foster, Hardesty, Creer, Poole, Jak. Williams, i could really go on forever. All Florida has is a RB/WR in Percy Harvin and RS freshman Chris Rainey. Tennessee i think has the clear cut lead in wide recievers. If you look at both team’s #1 WRs UT has the edge. Last year Lucas Taylor had 73 catches for 1,000 yards and 5 TDS while Percy Harvin had 59 catches for 858 yards and 4 TDS. Florida doesn’t really have a clear cut #2 WR while Tennessee has 3 WRs (Gerald Jones, Austin Rogers, and Josh Briscoe) who could potentially be the #2 reciever. Florida probably has the better quarterback play with returning Heisman trophey winner Tim Tebow but i think Urban Myer will probably limit Tim Tebows best strength: his running. He’ll probably only get about 9-11 carries compared to the 16 APG he got last year. If you take away TT’s running ability (which i hope Tennessee will do) he really is only an average QB. This is where the toss up is. If Jonathan Crompton lives up to his 3 years of hype then Tennessee will definetley come out with a W but if JC has an average/below average game i think Tennessee will be hard pressed to win. Also, look out for the JC running the ball a lot like Tim Tebow does. I distinctly remember Crompton putting fears in the eye’s of LSU (supposedly the nations “top” defense) with not only his bruising and gutsy running style but also his ability to throw. Check out the videos below and see how the LSU DBs hesitate to tackle him and how Crompton goes for 11-24 with two TDS and INT and puts his team in an opprotunity to win. Pretty good for a freshman against the best defense in the country, eh?

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