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USU football: Aggies to open 2014 season at Tennessee

Published: Friday, Aug. 9 2013 10:05 a.m. MDT

Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray (8) throws to a receiver during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. Utah State University has announced that it will open the 2014 football season against Tennessee in Knoxville. (Wade Payne, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray (8) throws to a receiver during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. Utah State University has announced that it will open the 2014 football season against Tennessee in Knoxville. (Wade Payne, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOGAN – Utah State University athletics director Scott Barnes announced Friday the Aggies will begin the 2014 football season at Tennessee.

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.

Running back Joe Hill is tackled by Jake Doughty during Utah State Aggies football practice Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Logan. Utah State University has announced that it will open the 2014 football season against Tennessee in Knoxville. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Running back Joe Hill is tackled by Jake Doughty during Utah State Aggies football practice Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Logan. Utah State University has announced that it will open the 2014 football season against Tennessee in Knoxville. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

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.

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