Football time on Rocky Top

There is a high fever running rampant throughout East Tennessee, and it’s not caused by the record hot temperatures Tennesseans have experienced this summer.

It’s because the 2012 Tennessee Volunteer’s are preparing to take the field Friday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m., against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. for the season opener. Yes! It’s nearly football time in Tennessee.

After having a tough 2011 football season, the cards favor the Volunteers to have a winning season in 2012. The Vols have several experienced players returning from last year, including nationally top-rated quarterback Tyler Bray. Bray was injured during mid-season last year. So, barring injuries, which hampered the Vols (5-7) last year, Tennessee should be able to take it to the max this year.

This game will not be a cake-walk for the Vols. The Wolfpack, who went 8-5 last year, as well as having a bowl win, will be sitting on ready.

So, die-hard, bleed-orange Volunteer fans and those just passing through the great state of Tennessee are preparing for some great football action. This game is currently scheduled to be televised on ESPNU.

“Extreme optimism” is the attitude for the Tennessee football team this year.

The first Vols home game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, at Neyland Stadium against Georgia State.

We are blessed at University of Tennessee to have one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports,” said Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “We asked you about your gameday experience, and I am here to tell you, we heard you. 100 percent of the improvements we have made came from your suggestions, you, the fans at the University of Tennessee. On behalf of everyone associated with the University of Tennessee and specifically the Department of Athletics, I want to thank you for being a Vol For Life.”

Whether you want to be apart of the Vol Navy, the Vol Nation, or you are visiting Tennessee as a tourist, and want to take in an exciting college football game, stop in at Neyland Stadium, which holds 102,455 spectators, and grab a seat.

There is nothing like the experience of the fall season in Tennessee, with the colors of the leaves changing, the smells in the air, and the excitement and hoopla of a Tennessee Volunteer football game, whether you attend the game, or watch it on television.

Also, if you’re not too familiar with the song “Rocky Top,” when the Volunteers score, listen closely, and if you’re sitting or standing close to a true Vol fan, you will learn it quickly, I promise! GO VOLS !!!

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