On Saturday night, Virginia Tech and Tennessee will play in the Battle at Bristol in front of 150,000 people. Both teams head into the game sporting 1-0 records.
The No. 17 Tennessee Volunteers will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday night, but the venue may be the biggest story. In the history of college football, the largest attendance for a game was 115,109. That game featured Michigan and Notre Dame, as the fans packed Michigan Stadium.
In the Battle of Bristol, that record is going to fall. All 150,000 tickets have been sold for the event, which means the attendance number will crush the old record. Both teams come into the game with 1-0 records, though the game should be pretty lopsided.
The Volunteers barely squeaked by a FCS team on Saturday, as Appalachian State nearly pulled off the upset. The Vols had to work overtime to come away with their 20-13 victory, but in the process, they dropped eight spots in the rankings. The Hokies also played a FCS team in Week 1, drubbing Liberty 36-13. Quarterback Jerod Evans tossed four touchdowns in the victory.
If the Hokies were to pull off the upset, it would be a signature win for their new head coach. Justin Fuente took over for legendary coach Frank Beamer for the 2016 season, and will be looking for his first win over a ranked team. The Volunteers may be too much for Virginia Tech, who will have to deal with Tennessee’s star running back, Jalen Hurd for four quarters.
Tennessee leads the series 5-3, including two wins in bowl games against the Hokies.
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Bristol, TN
Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway
TV Info: ABC
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Just playing in such a venue is going to be a thrill for the players, but for Virginia Tech, the result is likely not going to be one they would have liked.