FB PREVIEW: Vols hosts # 13 Rebels in primetime showdown at Neyland Stadium

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – After two dominant appearances in wins against Missouri and South Carolina, Tennessee will try to keep things up in the prime-time battle against No. 13 Keeping Ole Miss going in a sold out Neyland stadium on Saturday night.

The Vols announced the return of #CheckerNeyland to set the stage for one of the most anticipated games of the season. Find your color by visiting CheckerNeyland.com.


Saturday’s game will be televised on the SEC Network with Tom Hart (PxP), Jordan Rodgers (analyst) and Cole Cubelic (sideline). Kick-off is scheduled for 7:39 p.m. ET.

The game can also be streamed through the ESPN app on your connected streaming device and on ESPN.com.

Fans can listen to the official Tennessee radio broadcast on the Vol Network (WIVK-FM 107.7 / WNML-FM 99.1) and satellite radio (Sirius Ch. 137, XM Ch. 190, Internet Ch. 961). A live audio stream of the broadcast will also be available on UTSports.com and the official Gameday app.

Bob Kesling (PxP), Pat Ryan (Analyst) and Brent Hubbs (Analyst) will join the action Kasey Funderburg Handle secondary employment. The Big Orange countdown begins at 6 p.m. ET.


For the most up-to-date information on Tennessee 2021 Game Day Policies, visit the Tennessee Football Gameday Information page on UTSports.com. Some important information is also listed below.

Tickets and parking
Tennessee Athletics tickets sold out on Tuesday afternoon, marking the program’s first sell-out since the Georgia game on September 30, 2017.

While Tennessee Athletics does not control the prices of tickets purchased through the secondary market, vol fans are reminded that Vivid Seats is the only secondary marketplace with a 100 percent buyer’s guarantee that Tennessee home game tickets are valid.

Fans are asked to arrive early. The gates to the Neyland Stadium open at 5.30 p.m. Fans with digital tickets are strongly advised to download them to their mobile devices prior to arriving on campus. Those who have a parking permit, either printed out or mobile, are asked to show it when entering the car park.

In order to speed up entry into the stadium, it is recommended that everyone has their own ticket in order to optimize the scanning processes. All tickets are electronically scanned to verify authenticity. Tickets are scanned when entering the stadium and once a ticket has been scanned it cannot be reused by another guest.

For more information on electronic tickets, see the mobile ticket video or our mobile delivery FAQ page.

Tennessee Athletics App
Fans are encouraged to download the Tennessee Athletics app, which is now home to the Coca-Cola GBO Zone and allows fans to play trivia, watch a light show, and more. Search for “Tennessee Athletics” in the Apple or Google Play Store or use this link to download it: http://utsports.com/app


Fan Experience Upgrades

This year is the 100thNS Season at Neyland Stadium, Shield-Watkins Field, Tennessee Athletics has unveiled several new, exciting improvements to the fan experience for the 2021 football season. New game day improvements include new LED stadium lights, non-tiered fireworks and “I Will Give My All” signs throughout the stadium.

You can find more information about all the new Gameday improvements HERE.

LED lights: A vibrant, state-of-the-art LED lighting system has been installed in the Neyland Stadium. A dramatic LED light show will accentuate the pre-game and in-game celebrations. The light show before the game takes place 20 minutes before kick-off on Saturday.

Fireworks: The traditional fireworks are in motion and bigger than ever. Fireworks will now be presented from the roof of the northern end zone and the eastern and western skybox roofs during the pregame and after UT touchdowns and wins.

“I will give everything”: On the way to their seats, fans can partake in a similar tradition as the volunteers who enter the field. “I Will Give My All” signs have been posted above the portals entering each section of the Neyland Stadium. Just as the team is reminded to “give it their all” prior to the T-Pregame, every fan entering the stadium is urged to do the same.

Toyota Vol Village: Visit Vol Village presented by Toyota for a whole new fan experience. It’s FREE for all fans with or without a game ticket. There will be live music, activities for all ages, food trucks, and more. Vol Village is in a great spot to see the Vol Walk and Band March, right across from Circle Park. Toyota Vol Village on October 16 features musical artist Chelsea Berry, face painting, mini golf, a photo booth, tailgate games, and more! Fans can stop by 4-7pm

The Truly tailgate: Truly’s tailgate, located outside Gate 9, will open at 3:30 p.m. and will stay open until the end of the third quarter. During this time, all fans with tickets for the game can drop by.

Detections on site: There will be a handful of recognitions in the field during Saturday’s competition. Members of the Tennessee athletics team who competed in the Toyoko Summer Olympics will be honored prior to the game. The Tennessee Baseball College World Series 2021 team will be honored at the end of the first quarter. Finally, former swimmer Lady Vol, Erika Brown, will be honored for winning a silver medal at the Summer Olympics in Toyoko in the second quarter.


Neyland by night

It will be a noisy environment in a sold out Neyland stadium on Saturday night when the Vols play their first home game in the SEC game against Georgia since October 5, 2019. UT has played three consecutive lunchtime competitions at home and Saturday’s showdown with the Rebels is the first of four consecutive games against the top 15 ranked opponents for the Big Orange. The Vols take third place in the SEC East standings, while Ole Miss, as one of three teams with 1-1 in a tie, takes second place in the SEC West standings that enter the game.

Dominance in the first quarter

UT outperformed their opponents in the first quarter of this season by an incredible 101-13 lead. The only team to score a touchdown on the Vols in six games this season in the first quarter were Florida.

Tennessee put down a first quarter with 28 points in a row for the first time in modern programming history in Missouri and last Saturday against South Carolina. The Vols are the first FBS team to complete this feat against FBS opponents since Louisville in the first two weeks of the 2016 season, scoring 28 against Charlotte (September 1) and 28 in Syracuse (September 9). Tennessee is the first FBS team to have multiple 28 points or more in the first quarter against FBS opponents in the same season Josh HeupelThe UCF team did it in 2019.

The display board lights up
With 249 points, Tennessee has already dwarfed its overall 2020 score (215 in 10 games). That record is the highest in the first six games of a season at UT since the 1990 SEC championship team scored 253. The 249 points of the Vols rank sixth on the FBS and second on the SEC (Alabama 266). UT averages 41.5 points per game, good for seventh place in the FBS.

In SEC-only games, the Vols score 40.3 points per game, which takes second place in the conference. In five of the six games under Heupel, the Vols have scored over 30 points. Only two coaches in the history of the UT have managed this feat – Heupel and Phillip Fulmer (1992-93). Heupel is the only coach in Vol history to score more than 40 points in three of the first six games of a tenure in Tennessee.

Rapid offenses
The game on Saturday corresponds to the two fastest attacks of the Power Five. Ole Miss averages 2.89 offensive games per minute (# 2 FBS) while UT delivers 2.87 games per minute (# 3 FBS). Utah State leads the FBS at 2.93. The Rebels and Vols averaged 1.75 and 1.58 points per minute, respectively, which is second and third in the FBS. Ohio State leads the way with 1.83. UT has an average of 75.17 games per game (20th place on the FBS and second on the SEC). From 2018-20, Heupel’s UCF teams averaged 3.04 games per minute across the country. The closest was 2.78 from Wake Forest during this period. Heupel’s UCF squad averaged 79.97 games per game.

Hendo Cinco
Hooker has taken control of the Tennessee quarterback position for the past few weeks. The Virginia Tech graduate transfer has thrown multiple touchdown passes in five straight games for the first time in its career. He has thrown 13 touchdown passes to just one interception during this period. Hooker becomes the first UT quarterback to throw multiple TD passes in five straight games since Tyler Bray did so in six straight games to start the 2012 season. The Greensboro, North Carolina native’s quarterback rating of 185.89 in 2021 ranks fifth on the FBS and first on the SEC.


Vols lead series, 44-20-1

Tennessee and Ole Miss meet for the 66th time and for the first time on October 18, 2014, when the rebels won 34-3 at Oxford. The Vols lead the streak, 44-20-1, and have won 13 of the last 15 games. The two teams meet in Knoxville for the first time in 11 years when UT defeated Ole Miss, 52-14, on November 13, 2010 in Derek Dooley’s first season. This is the first of consecutive weeks against SEC West enemies for the Vols.


After a 4-1 start to the season on Saturday, Ole Miss started the competition in 13th place in the AP poll. The Rebels held on to a 52-51 win against Arkansas number 13 last weekend and improved to 1-1 in the SEC game. Mississippi is led by sophomore Lane Kiffin, who is 9-6 years old since taking over the program prior to the 2020 season.

The rebels are one of the best offensive teams in the country, lead the SEC and rank fourth nationwide on the offensive with 46.2 points per game. Her 561.6 yards per game ranks second in the FBS behind Ohio State (562.7 ypg). The Ole Miss is led by junior dual-threat quarterback Matt Corral, who ranks sixth in the nation on overall offense and second in conference, at 350.4 yards per game. Corral has scored a total of 20 touchdowns (12 passing, 8 rushing) and has not yet achieved a turnover this year. Corral’s main target in the passing game was senior wideout Dontario Drummond, who leads the team with 26 receptions, 460 yards and five touchdown catches.

While giving up yards, the Rebels have been opportunistic on defense this season, leading the SEC with a plus five margin on sales. They are led by senior linebacker Chase Campbell, who heads the team with 38 tackles and five tackles for loss while recording three sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble a year.


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