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Neither has Florida.

The Gators overwhelmed Florida Atlantic and UAB, winning by a combined score of 80-3. Florida tallied 980 yards and had both games in hand by halftime.

Despite the lopsided wins, Muschamp’s team still has questions. Has Brantley really found his comfort zone in Charlie Weis’ prostyle offense? Can 180-pound running backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey hold up in SEC play? Is Florida’s undersized offensive line legit? Will the Gators fix their red-zone problems?

Then there’s the defense. Florida leads the nation in scoring defense, but it has just two sacks and an untested secondary that features two freshmen and two sophomores.

The Gators insist they have no cause for concern. The Volunteers could prove otherwise.

“Obviously they’ve got more talent than the last two teams that we’ve played,” Florida center Jonotthan Harrison said.

Equally certain is what a victory would mean for both teams.

For Florida, it would get Muschamp’s tenure off to a solid start, put the Gators in the early mix for the East and give Brantley another memorable victory.

“Growing up, it’s just always been a huge game and I think it will always be,” Brantley said. “I just try to focus on all the positives with Florida. I’m not going to lie, growing up I tried to forget about the (Tennessee losses).”

For Tennessee, it would give Dooley a signature win, end the losing streak against Florida and offer an indication that the program is getting back on track.

“This is a huge game for us,” Vols linebacker Austin Johnson said. “If we win this game, it gives us a ton of confidence going farther into the season.”


AP Sports Writer Beth Rucker in Knoxville, Tenn., contributed to this story.