The Vols will be strangers in a strange land when they arrive at Kyle Field Saturday to play the No. 8 Texas A&M Aggies. Team 120 is the first group of Vols ever to play at College Station.
Aggies quarterback Trevor Knight, however, is a familiar face. He beat the Vols in 2014 as the Oklahoma Sooners' junior quarterback. After Baker Mayfield took the reins as a starter in Norman, Knight transferred to Texas A&M.
"We thought he was a talented quarterback back then but again he's playing with a lot of confidence," Vols coach Butch Jones said. "He can hurt you with his arms he can hurt you with his legs."
The Aggies average 39 points per game, and only allow 15 points per game. Saturday will be Tennessee's toughest challenge yet.
"There's skill everywhere," Jones said of the Aggies. "It's not just having two or three players. They have them all on their roster. And they do, I think, a good job of really distributing the football as well. Very impressive."
Aggie defensive coordinator John Chavis was Phillip Fulmer's defensive coordinator from 1995 to 2008 at Tennessee. Now, his alma mater's offensive line will stare down Texas A&M's killer defensive line. It's headlined by Myles Garrett. the SEC's reigning sacks champion.
"Will they be challenged this week?" Jones said Monday, smiling. "Absolutely they're going to be greatly challenged."