KNOXVILLE - There's nothing like a Tennessee game day.
The sound of Rocky Top blares from car speakers and excited voices join in the chorus. Tailgaters fill every available space with portable feasts and hungry fans.
The Vol Navy sits at anchor, with Tennessee flags flying and waiting hands to secure the next boat arriving to join the armada.
Everywhere you see that unique shade of orange, jerseys with the legendary number 16, checkerboard overalls, and power T's.
Fans line the streets to wait for the Vol Walk, to give high fives and shout encouragement to Team 120 as they make their way to Neyland Stadium.
The Pride of the Southland Band follows shortly after, saluting the Hill and the Big Orange faithful before marching into the stadium.
The excitement is everywhere, and with the start of this new season, with a team that's predicted to finally compete in the way Tennessee fans expect, it's reaching a fever pitch.
We take you to a Tennessee game day, a unique and historic one as the Vols open their season against Appalachian State on a Thursday night, in the videos below.
And, of course, as soon as one game ends, it's time to think ahead to the next one. Hear some Vol fans' reactions to the game opener.
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