For the teams' first contest ever, Utah State was originally scheduled to play at Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. The Aggies and Volunteers will now meet on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the 102,455-seat Neyland Stadium.
“We are pleased with the opportunity to move the Tennessee game to the first week of the 2014 season,” said Barnes. “It simply works better in every aspect of our schedule. I appreciate working with Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart to get this done.”
All-time, USU is 1-16 against current members of the Southeastern Conference, its lone victory coming against Kentucky on Oct. 10, 1970. Overall, the Aggies are 1-2 against the Wildcats; 0-1 against Auburn, Georgia and Texas A&M; 0-2 against Alabama and LSU; 0-3 against Arkansas, and 0-4 against Missouri.
The last time Utah State played a team from the SEC was on Sept. 3, 2011, when it lost a heartbreaker at defending national champion Auburn, 42-38.