When Tennessee plays Virginia Tech on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, about 150,000 fans are expected to be in attendance, making it the largest crowd ever to watch a football game.
On this play, Dobbs showed the arm strength National Football League scouts rave about, while also displaying improved precision down the field. Tennessee came away with a 20-13 overtime win, but the Volunteers exited the game knowing they needed to get better along the offensive line and figure out how to spark their running game (127 rushing yards on 43 carries). Both teams were sharing the same bathroom. Suppose you want to watch Virginia Tech against Tennessee, North Carolina take on IL, or Louisville against Syracuse, along with your beloved 'Canes.
The Volunteers were kept out of the end zone for the first 49 ½ minutes of that 20-13 triumph over Appalachian State and had just one touchdown in regulation. Were the Week 1 struggles a sign of things to come for Tennessee?
And that's not good for either team. But what does it mean to Virginia Tech to be part of this massive spectacle against Tennessee? . Now that Tennessee knows its weaknesses, has seen them on game film, and can address them, there will be no element of surprise for the Hokies on Saturday. We had three or four drives in two quarters.
"The comment or word (people) use is breathtaking, to walk in and see this place completely converted", Caldwell told media members before UT's win over Appalachian State last Thursday at Neyland Stadium. Although he had a game-tying 67-yard touchdown completion to Josh Malone last week, Dobbs otherwise struggled. The stands will be filled with 150,000-plus fans and the environment the two teams will be playing in is certainly reason enough to tune in and watch - although, it would be far more interesting if they played while an actual NASCAR race was happening. Although the Hokies eventually cruised to a 36-13 win against Liberty, they weren't sharp in all phases throughout. This rings especially true since one of the greatest defensive minds in all of college football, Bud Foster, is still calling the defensive shots for the Hokies.
Sophomore safety Micah Abernathy said on Tuesday that it will be a challenge finding footage of Evans' playing style since he played in junior college prior to transferring to Virginia Tech. After two years at Trinity Valley Community College, Evans was recruited by Fuente to Blacksburg and edged senior Brenden Motley for the starting nod in fall workouts. Tennessee gained that much yardage on less than one-third of its first-down plays against Appalachian State.
Years since it was officially announced and more than a decade after the idea of a game at the Bristol Motor Speedway was first brought up, the Battle at Bristol is finally here.
Offensive tackle Kyler Kerbyson and wide receiver Von Pearson are the only offensive starters missing from last season's Outback Bowl victory over Northwestern, though tackle Chance Hall is now sidelined after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last month. He was the primary target for Evans in the opener with 11 grabs for 117 yards and one touchdown. Sutton, who is 5-11 and a four-year starter, recorded his seventh career interception last week.
Fans probably won't care to much about the view, because - as is the case with the NHL's Winter Classic - attending Battle At Bristol will be more about the experience, than the game itself.
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