Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech, Week 1: Game time, TV, how to watch online


ATLANTA — Tennessee coach Butch Jones kicks off his fifth year as Vols coach with a thankless opening opponent in the form of Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets triple-option attack requires opponents to add a layer of preparation, as defenses must abandon some aggressive principles in favor of a disciplined, assignment-style of football.

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The Vols have prepared a defense designed especially for this game, after which it no longer will be useful this season unless Tennessee were to somehow draw another option team in the postseason.

The Vols offense, meanwhile, will feature a new quarterback, a new play caller and likely several new looks.

Tailback John Kelly and receiver Jauan Jennings are the only experienced playmakers at their respective positions.

Jones is 4-0 in season-opening games at Tennessee, while Georgia Tech was 3-0 against SEC teams last season.

Tennessee football vs. Georgia Tech, game time, details

• Time: 8 p.m. ET

• Date: Monday, Sept. 4

• Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

• Line: Tennessee by 4

What channel is Tennessee football vs. Georgia Tech on?

ESPN is televising the game.

How can I watch Tennessee football vs Georgia Tech online?

You can stream the game at WatchESPN.

How can I listen to Tennessee football vs Georgia Tech on the radio?

You can listen to the Tennessee broadcast on the Vol Network with Bob Kesling and Tim Priest on the call. The game is also on Sirius XM satellite radio on Channel 80.

Who is calling Tennessee football vs. Georgia Tech for ESPN?

Rece Davis will handle play-by-play duties, and Kirk Herbstreit will provide analysis with Maria Taylor reporting from the sideline.

What you need to know about Tennessee football vs. Georgia Tech

• The tie between the schools is Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Dodd, who was a standout QB from Tennessee (1928-30) who went on to coach Georgia Tech (1945-1966). Dodd is one of only four individuals to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player and a coach.

• These teams were once SEC rivals before the Yellow Jackets left the conference following the 1963 season. The Vols won the most recent meeting, in 1987, by a 29-15 count in Neyland Stadium.

• Both teams will feature a quarterback making his first career start — but neither has disclosed who its starter will be.

• The Yellow Jackets enter this season on a four-game win streak after closing the 2016 season with wins over No. 14 Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky.

• Georgia Tech’s 16 plays from scrimmage of 50-plus yards in 2016 ranked tied for No. 8 in the nation and was tied for fourth among Power 5 conference schools.

• The Vols have to replace their leading passer, rusher and receiver from a season ago, along with their sack leader from 2016.

• The Vols did not have any offensive or defensive players voted first-team All-SEC entering this season and were picked to finish third in the SEC East Division.

• Georgia Tech’s roster features two players from Knoxville — linebacker Brant Mitchell (Webb) and sophomore A-Back Nathan Cottrell (West).

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