10. Who wins the kicking and punting game?
Like we said, Tennessee vs Florida often comes down to standard things in a football game. Kicking and punting is part of that. Heck just ask James Wilhoit in 2004, Collins Cooper and Jeff Hall in 1998, and even Jeff Chandler in 1999.
All these guys were the differences for their teams in winning this game.
This year, it will be a huge deal again. Florida has a kicker in Eddie Pineiro who has made five of seven field goals and is three of five from beyond 40 yards, which is pretty good.
Aaron Medley is continuing his tradition of being automatic under 40 yards but struggling beyond 40 yards. This year, Pineiro seems to have the kicking advantage. He has also a 50-yard kick, which Medley does not have.
Meanwhile, since this game could become a defensive struggle, field position could be huge. So Trevor Daniel’s punting will be a big deal for the Vols if they want to win this game. Can he reach his elite level that he was at last year?
He’ll be up against some serious competition once again in Johnny Townsend, who is averaging over 50 yards a punt through three games so far. Currently, this key favors the Gators overall, but the Vols have the talent to match them.
They have to be able to do that on Saturday. And there’s another unit of special teams that is also key, which brings us to our next point.