The Tennessee Volunteers have a very tough opener in week one against the Utah State Aggies. Originally, the game was scheduled on Saturday (August 30th) but the game has now been moved to Sunday (August 31st) which will bring a lot more attention to the game. Did I mention that the game will also be broadcast on the SEC Network?
Over the last few years, Utah State has become a very good “mid major” program. Under current Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen, the Aggies turned things around during Andersen’s third season posting a 7-6 record in 2011 and then went on to an 11-2 mark in 2012 before Andersen departed to take over for the Badgers. In 2013, the Aggies went 9-5 under first year head coach Matt Wells.
The Aggies have proven that they aren’t scared to step into big spots and play big teams. In 2011, they almost knocked off Auburn in the season opener (losing 42-38 after the Tigers pulled off multiple miracles). In 2012, they knocked off Utah in Romney Stadium and in the next week they barely lost to Wisconsin by two points. In 2013, they came three points from beating USC in Los Angeles. In their last game, the Aggies knocked off Heisman runner-up Jordan Lynch and the NIU Huskies. Utah State is used to playing tough opponents and they won’t shy away from a Tennessee team no matter how electric the atmosphere is in Neyland Stadium….
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