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Ivan Maisel
September 21, 1998
?Florida (2-0) at Tennessee (1-0)The Gators are vulnerable. The throw-and-catch part of the Fun 'n' Gun offense is suspect, at least until sophomore quarterback Jesse Palmer starts finding his young receivers. But we're not going to pick against Florida, which has a five-game winning streak in this SEC East rivalry. The Gators' defense is better than ever, and it won't yield to a quarterback as unproved as the Vols' first-year starter, Tee Martin. Look at the signal-callers who have beaten Florida in the last three seasons: Mike Bobo of Georgia, Herb Tyler of LSU), Thad Busby of Florida State and Tommie Frazier of Nebraska. Only Busby was a first-year starter, and he had started 10 games in 1996 before beating the Gators that year. Martin made a few big plays to beat Syracuse, but he has never been chased by anyone as fast as Florida linebackers Jevon Kearse and Johnny Rutledge.
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? Florida (2-0) at Tennessee (1-0)
The Gators are vulnerable. The throw-and-catch part of the Fun 'n' Gun offense is suspect, at least until sophomore quarterback Jesse Palmer starts finding his young receivers. But we're not going to pick against Florida, which has a five-game winning streak in this SEC East rivalry. The Gators' defense is better than ever, and it won't yield to a quarterback as unproved as the Vols' first-year starter, Tee Martin. Look at the signal-callers who have beaten Florida in the last three seasons: Mike Bobo of Georgia, Herb Tyler of LSU), Thad Busby of Florida State and Tommie Frazier of Nebraska. Only Busby was a first-year starter, and he had started 10 games in 1996 before beating the Gators that year. Martin made a few big plays to beat Syracuse, but he has never been chased by anyone as fast as Florida linebackers Jevon Kearse and Johnny Rutledge.

? Virginia Tech (2-0) at Miami (2-0)
If the Hurricanes win this one, they can revive their swagger. The Hokies have won three straight in this Big East rivalry, all with big fourth-quarter plays. Miami has the receivers to prey on Tech's secondary. Get ready for the swagger.

Upset Special

Oregon State (2-0) over USC (2-0)
Second-year coach Mike Riley, a former Trojans assistant, had the Beavers competitive last season before injuries turned them into just another 3-8 team. They're healthy and playing a young USC team that won't take them seriously.

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