Little drama is expected in Tennessee football’s homecoming matchup against UConn this afternoon. The Vols are massive 36-point favorites in their final non conference matchup of the season.
But the massive point spread didn’t stop pregame drama on Shield-Watkins Field. As Tennessee football made its way into Neyland Stadium after the Vol walk, Josh Heupel and a number of Tennessee players walked out to the field.
UConn players met them there. The Huskies players were warming up on Tennessee’s side of the field and this video from WVLT’S Paige Dauer shows a verbal altercation between the two side including Tennessee coach Josh Heupel.
— Paige Dauer (@PaigeDauerTV) November 4, 2023
You can see in the video that Heupel is trying to throw football with his son— a weekly tradition the Vols’ third-year has had ever since he took over at Tennessee. Once the Vol Walk arrives inside Neyland Stadium, Heupel goes out on the field with his son and tosses the ball for a few minutes in the north end zone before beginning additional pregame activities.
Tennessee enters the homecoming matchup 6-2 (3-2 SEC) and coming off a crucial road win at Kentucky. The non conference matchup is the first of a busy November for the Vols. After UConn, Tennessee faces Missouri and Georgia in consecutive weeks.
UConn is amidst a disappointing second season for head coach Jim Mora. The Huskies enter the November matchup 1-7 with four one-score losses this season.
Kickoff at Neyland Stadium is at noon ET. Dave Neal, Derek Mason and Alex Chappell are on the call for the SEC Network.