The Tennessee Volunteers will launch their 2018 season Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Friday afternoon, some fans packed into a UT fan shop, to stock up on some last minute orange.
The opening game, something they’ve been waiting for, as the Vols take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Queen City.
Some fans are heading that way.
“We got us a place rented downtown in Charlotte. We already got our tailgate set up, we’re going to be starting bright and early 8 a.m. grilling and enjoying company and then we’ll head to the stadium at 3:30,” said Joseph Maggard.
While others, taking in the action from here at home.
“We’re going to watch the game at home have a tailgate there in the living room, just eat and watch the game and hopefully watch the Vols bring home a win,” said Lauren Spradling.
“We’re going to stay home this weekend and watch all the games on TV and eat some good food and have fun with each other,” said Seth Knisley.
“I’m going to actually be in West Virginia among a bunch of West Virginia fans,” said David Capps, who will be watching the game from work. “I’m going to be the only Tennessee fan among a bunch of West Virginia fans, so go Vols!”
Fans we spoke to also made their predictions about the upcoming season.
“I think that our talent is better than what last year’s record indicated, and I think we’ve got a great matchup against West Virginia,” said Knisley.
Looking forward to Saturday’s game, and also looking ahead to the upcoming season.
“I think this year we’ll probably win at least 7 games,” Capps said.
“I’m going to go with we’re going to overachieve by the media standards and I think we’re going to go 7 and 5, and with a win over Florida,” Maggard said.
Some predictions – bold. Others not asking for much.
“We just want to see some improvement, see some more wins and just have a great football season,” Spradling said.
Bt win or lose, these fans sing Rocky Top proudly, and they’ll always be Vols for Life.
“There’s just something about you step into the stadium with your friends and no matter how the teams doing or what the expectations are, when you step into that stadium you feel like there’s a chance something special could be happening,” said Maggard.