Brian Kelly speaks about early kickoff for Tennessee game: 'If you're not excited for that, I don't know what gets you going'
Brian Kelly said Tennessee is deserving of its ranking, which this week is No. 8 in the AP Top 25. The LSU coach believes it will still be a big game even though kickoff is set for 11 a.m. local time at Tiger Stadium.
At his press conference on Monday, Kelly told fans to get there early.
“Look, I’d like to be the cheerleader here and say, ‘Hey, come out and get going,’ but look, it’s Tiger Stadium, it’s LSU football,” he said. “If you’re not excited for that, I don’t know what gets you going in October. There’s time to do other things, but LSU playing Tennessee in Tiger Stadium, tell me what else is better to do. This is an awesome opportunity. Please come out and support your LSU Tigers.”
At his own press conference about an hour earlier on Monday, Tennessee coach Josh Heupel noted the kickoff timing and said almost every coach would want the earliest kickoff time possible.
Of course, what the Vols are avoiding is one of the toughest road environments in college football, if not sports in general, which is a night game at Tiger Stadium.