Tennessee announces primetime kickoff against SEC East rival
Tennessee will play Virginia at noon ET to open the season in Nashville on Sept. 2 in a game on ABC.
UT opens a season in Nissan Stadium for the third time in what will be the first meeting between the Vols and Virginia since the 1991 Sugar Bowl.
The Vols will also play Austin Peay in a game on ESPN+ with that game time to be determined. But the big announcement on Wednesday was that the Vols will meet Florida under the lights in The Swamp at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16.
Last year was Tennessee’s second win over Florida in the last 18 meetings and snapped a 6-game losing streak in the series. The win gave the Volunteers their first 4-0 start since 2016. Hendon Hooker shook off an upper-body injury and threw for 349 yards and 2 touchdowns and ran for 112 yards and a score to lead the No. 11 Volunteers to a 38-33 victory over No. 20 Florida.
The Vols have plenty of momentum coming off an 11-2 campaign that culminated with a victory over ACC champion Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
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