KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On an evening in which Tennessee honored its 1998 national championship squad, the current crop of Vols managed to offset the whole nostalgic shindig.

By making the 2018 Gators resemble a national championship-caliber club.

A once-storied series that has provided many indelible moments provided some incompetent ones early on, courtesy of the hosts.

Once the slapstick subsided on the warm night, Florida had exited Neyland Stadium with a 47-21 victory Saturday before an announced crowd of 100,027.

Can’t spell ineptitude without U-T. The Vols (2-2, 0-1 SEC) now have lost 10 consecutive conference games; Florida snapped a six-game SEC skid.

Not exactly Manning-Wuerffel melodrama.

Subtract the flubs, and this was statistically an even matchup. After all, both teams totaled 204 first-half yards, and the Gators (3-1, 1-1) finished with only a 387-364 advantage.

But Tennessee committed six turnovers in the game’s first 35 minutes, and the Gators converted four of those into points.

“Six turnovers led to 24 points, and we won by 26. I mean, there it is,” Gators coach Dan Mullen said.

“So we created the big plays. We had a bunch of big plays and some explosive plays on offense. What

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