ESPN announced its college football broadcast schedule for the first three weeks of the 2019 college football season on Thursday, and Tennessee will be featured on an ESPN network for the first three games of Jeremy Pruitt’s second year as head coach.
The Vols will begin the 2019 season by hosting Georgia State on August 31st, and the game will kick-off at 3:30 Eastern and will be broadcast on ESPNU. Tennessee is 1-0 all-time against Georgia State, defeating the Panthers 51-13 in 2012.
Next up is Tennessee’s match-up with BYU in Knoxville on September 7th. The Vols and Cougars will kick-off under the lights in Neyland Stadium at 7:00 Eastern on ESPN. Tennessee and BYU have never played in football, and this game is the first of a home-and-home series between the two schools. The Vols will travel to Provo, Utah for the 2023 season.
Tennessee stays at home to host UT-Chattanooga on September 14th. That game will kick-off at noon Eastern and will be broadcast on the SEC Network. The Mocs last played Tennessee during the 2014 season, and the Vols won 45-10. Tennessee hasn’t lost to UTC since 1958.
The kick-off times for Tennessee’s remaining nine regular season games will be announced at later dates.
The Vols will look to improve off a 5-7 season last year in Jeremy Pruitt’s first year as head coach. Tennessee plays their first three games of the season at home, making their first road trip of the season in Week 4 when they travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators.
After that match-up with Florida, the Vols get a bye week before hosting Georgia on October 5th. Tennessee then hosts Mississippi State before traveling to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama. The Vols come back to Knoxville to host South Carolina and UAB in consecutive weeks before traveling to Lexington to face-off with Kentucky.
Tennessee gets another bye week after taking on the Wildcats before finishing the season with a road game against Missouri and a home contest against Vanderbilt.