KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee will meet Texas A&M as an SEC opponent for the first time when Saturday’s game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET in College Station.
The game will carry great hype as it features two top 10-ranked teams, the Vols (5-0, 2-0 SEC) coming in at No. 9, and the Aggies (5-0, 3-0) the No. 8-ranked team.
ESPN’s College GameDay also will be present, the third time a Tennessee game has been featured this season on the program.
Texas A&M will be looking to recapture the momentum the program featured when Johnny Manziel was making the right kind of headlines a few years back, scrambling around and putting up ridiculous numbers.
The Aggies are more balanced now, having hired defensive guru John Chavis away from LSU, while securing their quarterback situation with Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight.
About Texas A&M
Location: College Station, Texas
Series record: Tennessee leads 2-0
Famous alumni: Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings, Country musician Lyle Lovett, UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek, Radio personality Neal Boortz.
By the numbers
5: This will be the fifth time Texas A&M has hosted ESPN College GameDay.
6: Former UT player and defensive coordinator John Chavis is now the Aggies defensive coordinator, and his Texas A&M defense has allowed just six plays of more than 35 yards through the first five games.
12: The Aggies offense has been explosive enough to score 12 touchdowns on plays of more than 20 yards.
26: Preseason All-American defensive end Myles Garrett has 26 career sacks, including 3 this season.
33-8: Fifth-year coach Kevin Sumlin has had fast-starting teams at Texas A&M, scoring first in 41 of the 52 games he has led and going 33-8 in those contests.
1994: The last time Texas A&M has opened a season 6-0 was in 1994 when R.C. Slocum was head coach. The Aggies opened the past two seasons at 5-0.