It was announced on Friday that the Tennessee Volunteers, who open the 2013 season in 22 days against Austin Peay, will open the 2014 season on August 30 against Utah State.
Here’s the full release from Utah State
Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Friday that USU will begin the 2014 football season at Tennessee as the Aggies and Volunteers will meet on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 102,455 seat Neyland Stadium.
Utah State was originally scheduled to play at Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.
“We are pleased with the opportunity to move the Tennessee game to the first week of the 2014 season,” said Barnes. “It simply works better in every aspect of our schedule. I appreciate working with Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart to get this done.”
Utah State and Tennessee will be meeting for the first-time ever in 2014. All-time, USU is 1-16 against current members of the Southeastern Conference as it is 1-2 against Kentucky; 0-1 against Auburn, Georgia and Texas A&M; 0-2 against Alabama and LSU; 0-3 against Arkansas; and 0-4 against Missouri.
The last time Utah State played a team from the SEC was on Sept. 3, 2011 when it lost at defending national champion Auburn, 42-38. USU’s only win against an SEC school was on Oct. 10, 1970 when it won at Kentucky, 35-6.
Paul Fortenberry of Volquest first reported the news.
The Vols are 4-1 in their last five season openers.
Their last loss came at the hands of UCLA in 2008, which was Phillip Fulmer’s last season as Tennessee’s head coach.
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