Tennessee’s opener against Utah State moved to Sunday night

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Tennessee opens the 2014 season against the Utah State Aggies; however, instead of it being a Saturday opener, the game has been moved to Sunday, August 31st.

“This will be a unique and exciting weekend for our city and our state,” said Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones in a statement. “With Boomsday on Saturday and our season opener on Sunday, the atmosphere and energy in Knoxville will be unrivaled. We’re also excited about being one of the schools featured on the first weekend of SEC Network football telecasts, and we are looking forward to this tremendous opportunity.”

Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpas told 6 News they had conversations about switching the dates for the two events. Boomsday is touted as the largest Labor Day fireworks show in the nation.

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The game will be featured on the SEC Network, and it will be the only SEC game of the day. The only other teams playing will be SMU and Baylor, and the nation will be watching the Vols. The Tennessee-Utah State game is one of six SEC opening week games featured on the new network coming August 14th.

The Vols are 3-2-1 all-time in Sunday games, and the last Sunday game for the Vols was played in 2004 against UNLV.

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  • The last time we opened on a Sunday night we ended up winning the east. It was Ainge’s first start. This could be Ferguson’s first start. Could it happen again? Lol

    GO BIG ORANGE

  • GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK WITH BUTCH JONES, I CAN FEEL IT AND I’M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS FOOTBALL !!!!!!!

  • from a Missouri follower, this was a smart schedule. Utah State is a respectable schedule from a respected conference. Tennessee made some big plays last year, and I liked their execution on offense in 2012. This will make it possible for SEC neighbors to see Tennessee play when not opposite other SEC games. I also like Jones but I liked Dooley as well. I know Dooley needed to win a few more games but the offense he had in 2012 deserved a lot of credit.