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Tennessee takes on Pittsburgh in round 2 of the Johnny Majors Classic

Tennessee linebacker Juwan Mitchell will be out for another game after missing the season opener against Ball State.
Credit: University of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Vols are gearing up for their first top-25 matchup of the Josh Heupel era. 

No. 24 Tennessee plays No. 17 Pittsburgh at Acrisure Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. That game will air on ABC. 

The two teams are meeting for round two of the Johnny Majors Classic. The legendary head coach was at the helm at both Tennessee and Pittsburgh. He started with the Panthers and won a title with them in 1976. The coach then came to be with the Vols, where he'd end up claiming three SEC titles before returning to Pittsburgh for a second coaching stint. 

When the two teams met last year at Neyland Stadium, Pittsburgh beat the Vols 41-34 in a close game.

Tennessee linebacker Juwan Mitchell is expected to miss Saturday's matchup, sources tell WBIR. Mitchell missed Tennessee's first game against Ball State, too.

Sources tell WBIR there is optimism that Mitchell will be able to play next week against Akron.

The linebacker hasn't played much in his time since transferring from Texas. He only played in three games last season due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Aaron Beasley started as a middle linebacker last week for the Vols.

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