How Tennessee Can Beat Florida.

Posted by Graham Kelly | 8:48 PM | 2 comments »

It’s pretty simply really, play power football. The team that has rushed for the most yards in the rivalry has won the contest the past 16 out of 18 years. Not to mention it will play to the apparent strengths of the Tennessee offense. Arian Foster has rushed for 100 yards in both games this season. Lennon Creer and Montario Hardesty have also looked impressive in their opportunities. It will also take the burden off Jon Crompton to make the plays that will win the game. As well, as keep Tim Tebow and the prolific gators offense off the field.

A two tight end, two wide receiver set with Gerald Jones and Lucas Taylor as the wide outs and Brandon Warren and Luke Stocker as the tight ends will provide Crompton with four quality targets and provide maximum pass protection. Giving Crompton time to take five step drops and go through only 2 to 3 receiver progression. This allows the strong armed quarterback to make easier decisions and hopefully be a more effective passer, and considering he is currently last in the conference in that category he can only get better. I still have faith that Crompton is a talented quarterback. He would not have been offered a scholarship to play for the Big Orange if this was not the case.

The coaching staff needs to change the offense to play to his talents as well as the rest of his teammates. Crompton is not quite yet the cerebral quarterback that can manage a west coast style offense that offensive coordinator Dan Clawson wants to run. I am confident that with time and more game experience for Crompton this could be possible. However, with what is by far the best team UT has played thus far the game plan has to be about what can win the game not what you want to run.

If Tennessee can rush for at least 150 yards, keep the penalties low, and not commit any turnovers they will have a chance. I don’t expect Florida to score a ton of points if Tennessee plays effective. The defense has looked down right dominant at times and already has seven interceptions.

My final prediction, Arian Foster and Montario Hardesty combine for 178 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Eric Berry has another pick 6 off Tebow and Tennessee wins 24-21.


  1. mizliz412 // September 15, 2008 at 9:32 PM  

    Graham Kelly is my hero. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!

  2. jnicho21 // September 16, 2008 at 11:11 AM  

    You should probably start spelling Jon Crompton's name correctly but good article nonetheless.