Tennessee is still looking for their first win of the 2019 college football season. Luckily, an FCS opponent is coming to town, and it’s a team UT has historically dominated.
The Vols (0-2) host UT-Chattanooga (1-1) on Saturday for a noon kick-off in Neyland Stadium. Tennessee is looking to stop the bleeding after losing their first two games of the season for the first time since 1988. Chattanooga, meanwhile, is coming off a 41-20 loss to Jacksonville State after defeating Eastern Illinois 24-10 in Week 1.
All-time, Tennessee is 38-2-2 against UTC, and they’ve won nine-straight contests against the Mocs. The last time the Vols lost to UT-Chattanooga was all the way back in 1958.
When these two teams last played, Tennessee handed the Mocs a 45-10 drubbing in Neyland Stadium back in 2014. That game marked the first time since 1969 that the Vols had played UTC. The Mocs have failed to score more than 14 points against Tennessee in their last 11 contests against the Vols.
Chattanooga is led by senior quarterback Nick Tiano, and he’s protected by an offensive line that returns all five starters from last season. Head coach Rusty Wright is in his first season with Chattanooga after serving as the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at Georgia State the last two years.
Yes, the same Georgia State program that upset the Vols 38-30 to start the 2019 season.
Tennessee has already lost to one team they paid a large sum of money to play in Knoxville. Vol fans hope Chattanooga isn’t the second such team this season.
Take a look at what we’re “buying and selling” about the game, and you can also check out what Tennessee needs to accomplish in Saturday’s game (besides getting a win).
If you can’t make it to Neyland Stadium, here’s how you can watch or listen to the Vols’ match-up with the UT-Chattanooga Mocs.
Kickoff: Noon Eastern, September 14th, Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, TN)
TV: SEC Network (Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang)
Streaming Online: ESPN.com/Watch, ESPN app
Radio: Vol Network, Sirius 133, XM 190
Line: Tennessee (-28)