For the first time ever, college football and NASCAR will cross paths as Tennessee and Virginia Tech meet Saturday in the Battle at Bristol.
It remains to be seen how competitive a game it will be with the Volunteers entering as a pretty heavy favorite, Tennessee’s struggles in Week 1 against Appalachian State could give the Hokies more hope.
Either way, it should be a fun environment, especially with about 150,000 fans expected at Bristol Motor Speedway and ESPN’s College GameDay kicking things off Saturday morning.
Here is what a few national media outlets are saying about Tennessee’s showdown against Virginia Tech:
- You can bet that a large portion of GameDay’s content will be centered around the setting of the game. It’s not every day that you have a half-mile racetrack surrounding a football field. Jeff Owens of Sporting News took a deeper look at how one man’s dream will become a reality when the Vols and Hokies kick off Saturday night.
- While the stage on which the two teams meet will be huge in a literal sense, it’s still just another football game at the end of the day. At least, that’s the approach Virginia Tech is taking as it goes through its preparations this week, writes Ava Wallace of the Washington Post.
- Although the Hokies, who are entering their second game of the Justin Funete era, are taking a simple approach, the game is much more important for the Vols. ESPN’s Alex Scarborough takes a look at why this weekend’s contest is a must-win for a program looking to prove it’s ready to move to elite status.
- That pressure facing Tennessee is squarely on the shoulders of its coach, Butch Jones. Kent Babb of the Washington Post dives into why 2016 is so key for the Vols and especially for Jones.