The Vols take on the University of Akron Zips Saturday night.
Even though they are expected to pull off a victory, the non-conference game isn't getting a lot of excitement from fans.
One week after the Vols lost to the Florida Gators, the mood has noticeably changed on campus.
"Everybody was going out and buying orange. Getting ready for the big game. It was just exciting all around," said Vol fan, Justin Bach of last week.
"We all had hope. Then it was crushed," said Stephen Jarrett.
When ESPN "College Gameday" packed up and left, it seems it took with them the electric atmosphere.
"Nobody has been talking about it. Students have been saying, 'Yeah I'm not going to that game,'" said Bach.
"Last week at this time (1:00 p.m. on Friday) every place in the RV lot was full. At this point, there are four RVs in a sight that holds 50," said Preston Eldred, a Vol fan.
There were fewer RVs, fewer tailgaters, and less orange around campus on this Friday before Gameday.
While some say it's the non-SEC opponent, others say the loss to Florida is more to blame.
"It may be partially because it's not an SEC game but the general vibe I'm getting is that people are depressed that we got killed by Florida," said Bach.
But dedicated fans say they aren't going to let the season's first loss kill their spirit.
"I have no doubt that we'll go out and win some games," said one fan.
"Going to a UT game is in and of itself an experience. It's not just winning or losing. You see the crowd and cheer on the team. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose," said Eldred.
Hotels are also a lot easier to find this weekend and a lot cheaper.
But many are already booked ahead of SEC games like Missouri and Alabama in the coming weeks.
The Vols kickoff at Neyland Stadium Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.