The SEC Network’s pair of gameday shows, SEC Nation and Marty & McGee, are coming to Knoxville next weekend for Tennessee’s upcoming matchup against Texas A&M.
The SEC Network’s X account announced the news late Saturday night.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 8, 2023
SEC Nation is the SEC Network’s version of College GameDay. The network’s flagship show’s lineup features host Laura Rutledge along with analysts Tim Tebow, Paul Finebaum, Roman Harper and Jordan Rodgers.
The show begins at 10 a.m. ET and is preceded by Marty & McGee, which features college football personalities Marty Smith and UT alum Ryan McGee.
This will be the first time this season Knoxville has hosted the shows and the third time in the Josh Heupel era. The pair of shows came to Knoxville once last year for Tennessee vs. Alabama and once in 2021 for Tennessee vs. Georgia.
ESPN’s College GameDay is yet to come to Knoxville this season but came twice last year for Tennessee vs. Florida and Tennessee vs. Alabama.
Where the shows will set up is yet to be announced, but Ayres Hall lawn on the hill will likely be the spot, as the show set up there in 2021, and College GameDay used the lawn both times last year.
Tennessee’s upcoming matchup against the Aggies figures to have big implications in the SEC. Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1 SEC) is reeling after a narrow home loss to Alabama and cannot afford another SEC loss, and the Vols (4-1, 1-1) must keep their foot on the gas in order to have an opportunity at reaching the SEC Championship game.
UT enters A&M week coming off a bye, which bodes well for Tennessee in the matchup as Josh Heupel is 7-1 coming off an open date in his head coaching career.
Kickoff in Neyland Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. CBS will broadcast the game, and Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson will be on the call.
This story will be updated once more information becomes available.