Tennessee Football: Four Ways Vols’ Win Over Florida Feels Better than 1998 Victory

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Sep 24, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones leaves the field for halftime after the second quarter against the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee football fans may enjoy Saturday’s 38-28 win over the Florida Gators more than they did in 1998, when the Volunteers beat UF 20-17 in overtime.

It was the second time in a span of 20 years that Tennessee football ended a frustrating losing streak to the Florida Gators.

The last time the Vols ended a streak so notorious, they went on to win the national championship because of the confidence it gave them.

There has already been talk about that this year because of how elusive that Florida win has been. But of course, Tennessee has to focus on the next game before looking that far ahead.

Still, beating the Gators removes a huge monkey off the backs of Tennessee. This was the one game that the Vols had to get if they wanted to take the next step as a program under Butch Jones.

And finally getting that win opens up a world of opportunities. In many instances, this win is better than the 1998 win over the Gators.

Although the 1998 win sent Tennessee football on a roll that eventually won them the national championship, there are a lot of things about the 2016 streak-ending victory that 1998 didn’t have.

So while it’s still early, and we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, this win could get send the Vols on an epic roll too.

It’s all psychological, so all of this matters.

Here are four ways the 2016 Tennessee football 38-28 victory over the Florida Gators may be better than their 1998 win over Florida.

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