I’ll be making the trip from San Antonio! Never been to Tennessee. I almost spent a day in Memphis back in the summer of 21 but there was a major bridge down at the time and it wasnt realistic. Always wanted to visit Neyland for a game so I gotta take advantage during this crazy run UTSA has been pulling off. Might end after this year. Texas can easily choke this last year in the Big 12. A&M might bite the bullet and buyout Jimbo when they inevitably keep falling. Both schools will have Jeff Traylor high on the list and it's been clear to our fan base that he's holding out for one of them. Hence the drive up to Knoxville, may never see this team compete like this again.
I don't think this game will be a layup for Tennessee. We played Texas a week after they had that big matchup against Bama. Jeff Traylor definitely opened up the playbook and threw a bunch of curve balls in the first half, including an onside kick -> first play flea flicker that netted a touchdown. Texas was kinda shell shocked until they realized they were in fact better and ran away with it after halftime. While I don’t think that Tennessee will come out flat like Texas did, I do expect UTSA to also throw the kitchen sink from the get go.
We were a 3OT loss against Houston away from probably having the NY6 bid instead of Tulane. QB is back for his 587056987634 year. WR’s are likely to play in the NFL. TE looks like a man among boys. They all have another year of experience now. Not sure how the play calling will look since Oregon poached the OC during bowl season, but the offense should still be able to score very well. Should be a fun game!
Anyway, Tennessee by 31 tbh. And ya'll better claim the UT title officially and spam horns down when they join the SEC.
I’ll be spending all of Friday (22nd) and Saturday (23rd) in Knoxville. Anyone here have any recommendations as far as food/bars/breweries?
I been going for a few years now as I have 2 kids attending the real UT.
To me the question is are you staying downtown and what kind of food do you prefer.
Based on that the next thing is what is the game time and that will determine how you play the day.
UT has lots of tradition like watching the Band and player walk which is a don’t miss.
Anyway, once you know where you are staying and the game time you can make more definitive plans.
For the night before if you want a nice meal, I prefer Kefi (Kefi
) in the old city. They serve tapa style so great to try many different things and don’t miss the cocktail flight.
There are several good brunch places in downtown Knox, and some even take reservations, but most don’t open until 9 and you will need to be there early because even with reservations the line to get to the hostess is crazy. If you do a 9 am brunch in downtown, you will probably miss some of the activities so probably better for a newbie to catch the traditions then have a late brunch.
Check these sites first and then come back once some of your plans fill in as you will get more help here than you can imagine:
Gameday help for Knox newbie
Good luck with every game this year except that Big Orange September 23 game I hope you lose by fiddy.