KNOXVILLE (WATE) – After winning their first home game last week, Team 120 is preparing for this weekend’s Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol.
The Vols will go against the Virginia Tech Hokies. It is estimated that 150,000 fans will be in attendance. According to ESPN, the biggest attendance for a NCAA college football game was 115,109 at the Michigan-Nortre Dame game in 2013.
The last time Bristol Motor Speedway hosted a college football game was 55 years ago.
Coach Jones discussed Tennessee’s overtime win against Appalachian State. “We didn’t play our best football and I think everybody would agree with that, but we found a way to win,” said Jones. He believes first football games for all teams are the “games of the unknown,” making teams transition from training camp to game day.
” We had some productive plays,” said Dobbs when speaking on passing performance. “There’s always things you can improve on.”
On Wednesday, Jones said there was no issue with Dobbs being the team’s starting quarterback. “Josh Dobbs is our quarterback,” said Jones. “I’ve been pleased with that group, but there is no quarterback controversy.”
Jones spoke on Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans, “He can make all the throws. There’s no secret, they’re going to push the ball down the field.”
Jones says he plans to propose to rules committee. He wants officials who stand behind punt returners should raise hands if a fair catch is called.
“I don’t think we were sleeping on them,” said Jalen Reeves-Maybin. “We didn’t play our best game, but came out with a win.”
Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford is one to watch. “Isaiah is a very very talented player,” said Jones. “He is as good of a wideout as we’ll face all year.”
The game will air on WATE 6 On Your Side at 8 p.m Saturday.