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Florida coach Will Muschamp refused to acknowledge any added significance to this Saturday's game at Tennessee.
"They're all must wins," Muschamp said. "When has it ever changed?"
But coming off a bye week following a loss at Alabama, Florida's second straight conference road game appears more important than most. The winner of the Florida-Tennessee game has a chance to stay in contention in the SEC East race. The Gators (2-1. 1-1 SEC) have won nine straight in the series dating back to 2005, but Tennessee (2-2, 0-1 SEC) is showing signs of improvement under second-year coach Butch Jones.
"They have some new faces up front offensively, but certainly the strength of their team lies in their skill people," Muschamp said.
Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley passed for 264 yards and 3 TDs in a 35-32 loss at Georgia. The Gators will look to try to get pressure on Worley to break his rhythm throwing the football.
Offensively, Florida junior quarterback Jeff Driskel will try to get back on track after one of his worst career games against Alabama. Driskel was just 9-of-28 passes for 93 yards with one TD and two interceptions against the Tide, and heard plenty of rumbling about his subpar performance.
"You can't really shield yourself from all of it," Driskel said. "That's just part of playing quarterback here. I've never been one where that stuff gets to me whether people saying you're the best or people saying you're the worst.