Matthew R. Osborne, Tennessee Athletics
Fireworks go off in November as the Vols run through the T before the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

Utah State’s football season opener against the University of Tennessee has been moved to Sunday night, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m., according to a press release from Tennessee.

The game was originally scheduled to be played Saturday, Aug. 30, but the athletic department made the change to plan around the annual Boomsday event held in Knoxville. Boomsday is a large fireworks show that kicks off the Volunteer season, usually held the day after the first football game. But this season it will be the day before.

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"This will be a unique and exciting weekend for our city and our state," said Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones in the press release. "With Boomsday on Saturday and our season opener on Sunday, the atmosphere and energy in Knoxville will be unrivaled.”

The game will be televised on the new SEC network.

Utah State is coming off a successful 9-5 season, with a win over No. 23 Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl. Utah State’s annual Blue vs. White scrimmage is Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m.

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