BYU fans expected to show up in full force for road game at Tennessee
Many Tennessee fans are circling the Week 2 showdown with BYU as the critical game for the upcoming season. If the Volunteers manage to defend Neyland Stadium’s turf and come away with a win over the Cougars, a 3-0 start to Jeremy Pruitt’s second season on Rocky Top appears likely and would give Tennessee some serious momentum heading into the program’s Week 4 trip to Gainesville to face division rival Florida.
But before Tennessee fans get ahead of themselves and start envisioning a turnaround season on Rocky Top, the challenge BYU will present on Saturday, Sept. 7 should not be overlooked. Look no further than BYU’s 2018 trip to Wisconsin in which the Cougars beat a top 10 Badgers team 24-21 on the road in Madison or the program’s 2016 trip to Michigan State that resulted in a 31-14 win for the Cougars.
BYU even has experience beating an SEC team in recent history, as the Cougars dispatched a Dan Mullen coached Mississippi State team 28-21 in Provo back in 2016.
In addition to the challenge BYU will present Tennessee on the field in the coming weeks, it’s looking like the Cougars will be well-represented inside Neyland Stadium by the time kickoff rolls around Week 2.
According to Trey Wallace of FOX Sports Knoxville, Tennessee has confirmed that BYU has sold its entire allotment of tickets for the game with an additional 3,500 tickets being sold via the BYU alumni association. Those tickets represent over 5,500 tickets sold to BYU fans and likely won’t come close to the number of secondary market tickets bought up by BYU fans eager to visit Neyland Stadium.
Tennessee fans thinking BYU represents an easy victory may have to think twice with this news. The BYU fan base travels across the country as well as any college football fan base and Cougar fans likely wouldn’t be making the trek to Knoxville without having confidence that their team can hang with the Vols on the gridiron.
In response to Wallace’s tweet, BYU fan Troy S. Schoonover shared his plans to travel to Tennessee for the game and showed off his incredible “Y’all” shirt featuring BYU’s logo.
If nothing else, you have to hand it to this BYU fan for coming up with this creative shirt that will likely be all over Knoxville come the second weekend of the season.