BRISTOL - The highly anticipated Battle at Bristol finally comes to fruition on Saturday night after years of discussion.
The football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech is expected to shatter the attendance record for the largest college football crowd ever.
Here’s what you need to know about the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Overview: Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans threw for 221 yards and four touchdowns in a 36- 13 victory against Liberty in first-year head coach Justin Fuente’s first game coaching. Fuente took over for Frank Beamer in January.
Beamer spent 29 seasons as the Hokies’ head coach.
Fuente coached Memphis the previous four seasons.
Evans is a transfer from Trinity Valley Community College in Texas. His four touchdown passes were the most for a Virginia Tech quarterback in a single game since 2004.
Date: Sept. 10
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
Site: Bristol Motor Speedway
Photo Gallery: Battle at Bristol transformation
2015 Record: 7-6 (4-4 ACC)
2016 Record: 1-0
School Location: Blacksburg, Va.
Series against UT: Tennessee leads the all-time series against Virginia Tech 5-3. The Hokies beat the Volunteers 37-14 the last time the two teams played in the Chick-fil-A-Bowl on Dec. 31, 2009.
|Date||Site||Score (UT - opp)|
|Dec. 31, 2009||Atlanta||L, 14-37|
|Dec. 30, 1994||Gainesville, Fla.||W, 45-25|
|Oct. 2, 1937||Knoxville||W, 27-0|
|Sept. 30, 1933||Knoxville||W, 27-0|
|Nov. 11, 1911||Blacksburg||L, 11-36|
|Oct. 27, 1899||Knoxville||L, 0-5|
|Nov. 25, 1897||Roanoke||W, 18-0|
|Nov. 14, 1896||Knoxville||W, 6-4|
Things to know
1. Largest college football crowd ever expected: The Battle at Bristol is expected to shatter the college football attendance record for a single game. More than 150,000 fans are expected to attend.
The Bristol Motor Speedway can hold 160,000-plus fans for NASCAR races.
UT’s Neyland Stadium, which is the fifth largest college football stadium in the country, can hold a capacity of 102,455 fans.
Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium has a capacity of 66,233 fans.
ESPN will also broadcast College Gameday from the Battle at Bristol on Saturday morning.
2. Virginia Tech to wear Hokie Stone uniforms: While the Vols will wear their traditional orange and white home uniforms, Virginia Tech unveiled its Hokie Stone uniforms in August. The Hokie Stone uniform is an alternative Nike uniform for Saturday's Battle at Bristol.
3. Hokies return top three receivers from 2015: Virginia Tech returns its top three pass catchers from a season ago: Isaiah Ford, Cam Phillips and Bucky Hodges. All three scored a touchdown in the season opener against Liberty.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Virginia Tech's receiving corps would be one of the best the Vols face all season.
4. Hokies averaged 4.3 yards per carry against Liberty: Virginia Tech struggled to run the football at times against Liberty.
Running backs Deshawn McClease, Sam Rogers, Shai McKenzie and Travon McMillian compiled 115 rushing yards on 32 carriers, which is an average of 3.59 yards per carry.
5. Virginia Tech forced four takeaways in season opener: The Hokies had four takeaways in the opener against liberty, including three interceptions.
Defensive coordinator Bud Foster has coached at Virginia Tech since 1987. He stayed with the program even after Beamer's retirement.
Virginia Tech gave up only one touchdown against Liberty.
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