Exhale, Vol Nation.
Or as Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones would say in what has become another one of his many-mentioned cliches: “Snap and clear.”
The Volunteers were far from dominant Alabama—nowhere close—in Thursday night’s 20-13 overtime win over Appalachian State. But they also aren’t in the same boat as LSU, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky or Auburn. All of those teams are 0-1. Arkansas narrowly escaped Louisiana Tech, 21-20, also.
So, UT isn’t alone in the Week 1 woes. At least Jones’ crew survived and is 1-0 heading into Saturday night’s Battle at Bristol tilt against Virginia Tech that will be played at Bristol Motor Speedway. A crowd of more than 150,000 fans is expected, and, with a light schedule, all college football eyes will be on the game.
It’s the perfect opportunity for the Vols to put a poor season opener in the rearview mirror and start fresh against head coach Justin Fuente’s Hokies, who are 1-0 following a win over Liberty where new quarterback Jerod Evans looked strong.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Place: Bristol Motor Speedway
Spread: Tennessee -10.5, according to Odds Shark
Source: Bleacher Report -SEC Football