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Tennessee roars back to end losing streak vs. Gators

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More than 100,000 Tennessee fans were loudly and proudly singing Rocky Top after their 38-28 comeback win against the Florida Gators on Saturday. They may have quietly hummed a few bars of Ding Dong the Witch is Dead. After 11 straight losses to Florida, Tennessee finally walked off the field as a winner. That did not appear to be a likely scenario after the first 30 minutes. For a half, Florida fans were probably practicing their best version of The…

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High stakes for Tennessee, Butch Jones vs. Florida

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It is hard to believe that the fourth game of the college football season is labeled a “must win” game. Fair or not, that is the burden Tennessee Coach Butch Jones and his Volunteers may be facing in Saturday’s tangle with the Florida Gators. There are two types of must-win situations. One is a necessary victory to stay alive for a division, conference or national title. The other involves job security for the head coach and his staff. The Gators…

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Tennessee throttles Northwestern in Outback Bowl

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The temperature was in the mid-20s on the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Illinois, as the Wildcats played in the Outback Bowl on Friday. And although it was 82 in Tampa, the Tennessee Volunteers gave the Wildcats a chilly reception as they rolled to a 45-6 victory at Raymond James Stadium. The host committee was cordial and accommodating to the Wildcats and their fans, but the Volunteers were a different story. Tennessee dominated both sides of the ball and looked much…

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Outback Bowl: Vols’ 2015 turnaround season really began in October

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The No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers will line up against the No. 13 Northwestern Wildcats in Friday’s Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Few would have predicted such a matchup earlier, but Tennessee’s appearance was more of a long shot not that long ago. In early October even the most diehard Tennessee Volunteer fan – and there are plenty of those – had to wonder whether their team might spiral into a losing season. They were 2-3 with crushing losses at…

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Week 6 College Football by the numbers

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Saturday brought out several top performances in college football. Here are just a few. 1,022 – Rushing yards piled up this season by LSU’s Leonard Fournette. The Heisman Trophy hopeful added 159 on Saturday against South Carolina in the Tigers’ 45-24 win over South Carolina. He faces his stiffest challenge on Saturday when Florida comes to town. 405—Passing yards piled up by Miami’s Brad Kaaya in the Hurricanes’ narrow 29-24 loss on the road to Number 12 Florida State. Kaaya…

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Gators, Vols extend several streaks during classic matchup

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The Florida Gators are seemingly all about streaks. Last week, they handled the Kentucky Wildcats for the 29th consecutive time. On Saturday, the Gators scored an improbable 28-27 victory against the Tennessee Volunteers by overcoming a 13-point fourth quarter lead. The victory extended Florida’s streak of beating Tennessee to 11 and their season-opening winning streak to four. To achieve win number 11, another streak had to continue. With 1:26 remaining, Florida had the ball on their own 37 yard line facing…

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Gators and Vols rivalry still fun, but significance is diminished

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With Florida State and Miami enjoying a bye week, the Florida Gators receive added attention as they host the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday. Despite the rebuilding still going on at both schools, it is a rivalry game that still attracts national attention. There was a time not that long ago when the winner of this game was the odds-on favorite to represent the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference in the SEC Championship Game. Unfortunately for the Vols, the Gators…

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