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Associated Press Published: September 13, 2012


No. 18 Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC) vs. No. 23 Tennessee (2-0, 0-0), 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Tennessee by 3.

Series Record: Florida leads 22-19.


Both teams are seeking to prove they've rebounded after delivering disappointing results in recent seasons. Tennessee went 1-7 in SEC competition last season and has posted losing records in each of Derek Dooley's two seasons. Florida went 7-6 last season in Will Muschamp's first year for its lowest win total since 2004. Both teams have shown evidence of turning the corner by winning their first two games this season. The winner has reason to believe it can contend for an East Division title.


Tennessee's passing offense vs. Florida's pass defense: Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has completed 73.8 percent of his passes for 643 yards and six touchdowns without an interception. He benefits from a dynamic receiving corps that features two of the SEC's top playmakers in Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson. Hunter leads the SEC with 17 catches and ranks second in the conference with 219 receiving yards. Patterson leads the SEC with 360 all-purpose yards. Florida is one of only 10 teams in the nation that have played two games this season without allowing a touchdown pass.


Florida: RB Mike Gillislee: Although Gillislee injured his groin last week in Florida's 20-17 victory at Texas A&M, Coach Will Muschamp has said Gillislee should be fine for Saturday's game. Gillislee leads the SEC with 231 rushing yards and averages 6.1 yards per carry. The team that rushes for the most yards historically has dominated this series, so Gillislee's health is a major factor.

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