I was on two sports talk radio shows in Tennessee on Wednesday and was asked by the commentators on both if there was any chance the Gators would be overlooking the Vols this Saturday in Knoxville.
It was one of the easiest questions I’ve ever been asked.
The answer of course is: No way. No how. No chance.
The perception is the Vols are a little down this year, and coming off a blowout loss to Oregon, everyone is assuming the Gators might be walking into an upset trap Saturday. But they know what’s going on. They know this opponent. They know this game.
This is a rivalry game, and those are treated differently by Urban Meyer and his players. And this is the start of SEC play, and SEC play is treated differently by Meyer and his players. The goal, as always, is go get to Atlanta. The road starts in Knoxville on Saturday.
“You’ll see a different team than you saw in the first two games,” UF senior defensive tackle Terron Sanders said. “There’s a different focus, a different intensity this week. You can feel it.
“We didn’t show too much in the first two games. You’ll see a lot more (on offense and defense) in this game.”
Given how close those two first games were, it’s doubtful the Gators were holding back too much and saving it for Tennessee.
But it does seem pretty obvious that the Gators are ready to ratchet things up this week. It happens every year at this time – and it’s triggered by Tennessee and the start of SEC play.