By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Tennessee-Florida is becoming an irrelevant rivalry.
For more than a decade, the series essentially decided the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division – in September. The winner usually ended up in Atlanta playing for the league title; the loser had to wait a year for another shot.
Now, though, the rivalry is as lopsided as some of its recent scores.
The 19th-ranked Gators (1-1) have won eight in a row against Tennessee (2-1). Florida has won the last six games by double digits, a couple of them nowhere near that close.
First-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones says “in order for us to continue to really make this a rivalry, we have to start winning some of these football games.”
Jones gets a shot at ending the slide Saturday in Gainesville.
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