Bristol speedway to host Virginia Tech-Tennessee football game

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What was more concerning is that it came against some of our better lineman. They certainly didn't look like the No. 9 squad in the country. "I don't see myself coming off of it".

The Speedway will host the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol. However when a team like App State has you on the ropes late, I'm of mind to suggest opening up the playbook just a little.

Appalachian State running back Marcus Cox found success against a Tennessee front seven that was supposed to be dominant against the run.

MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Arkansas offensive line vs. A pair of 13-yard gains by Hurd and Dobbs were the longest runs of the day.

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Cox also gained traction as a check-down receiver.

Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Isaiah Ford (1) and Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Cam Phillips (5) reacts before the game against the Liberty Flames at Lane Stadium. Then they committed three turnovers on a sloppy track against the Dukes, who, by the way, finished eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association. It will be interesting after it starts as well, as the Volunteers try to come back from an embarrassing showing and regroup against the Hokies.

Amid all the newness surrounding Virginia Tech's offense, the unit isn't lacking in experience. The Vols' secondary is just too talented. I know this because I'm one of them.

Appalachian State running back Marcus Cox is tackled by Tennessee defensive back Micah Abernathy. Tennessee beat Appalachian State 20-13 at Neyland Stadium on Thursday
Bristol speedway to host Virginia Tech-Tennessee football game

"You could improve a lot and not really be able to tell when you take a step up like we're going to take", Fuente said. The bad news is, there's not much redemption at stake past the fact of the wins and losses.

"It's a bit surreal", Caldwell said. The result often is a sack or minimal gain. If Dobbs is going to get any type of rhythm going against Tech, the line has to give him more time. A slate of wins against the Georgia Techs, Pittsburghs and ECUs of the world won't get it done for the Hokies unless they go undefeated. That's unacceptable in any game, and it's unfathomable against a mediocre FCS opponent.

That's why the Tennessee coaches wanted to check it out in the offseason. Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said he doesn't do that for all road games but feels it's essential this week so his players get acclimated to this unique environment and coaches can get a sense of their perspective from the boxes. I worry about Evans facing pressure. It just happens to be in one of the pretty special venues. Evans and the Hokies' offense better be careful. "There's going to be a lot of people here".

For the reasons listed above, I wonder if this is the reason Jones played the App State game so close to his chest. "We were inconsistent, not just our tackles, but our center play and our guards".

"I'm getting a shirt for my brother, who lives in California, a helmet for my grandson and the football is for me".

There are obvious areas that can be exploited. Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Monday that video from TCU also was relevant. But if's far more likely to see names like McMillian and Rogers on top of the stat charts. But at no point in the disappointing first game did Jones ever appear anxious. They didn't however, and the result was chaotic overtime victory that felt stolen. The Battle at Bristol is expected to draw 150,000 fans Saturday night, a new record for a college football game.

Mississippi State 24, SC 21: Mississippi State is out to prove last week's loss to South Alabama was a fluke and this is a test the Bulldogs can pass.