Knoxville, TN - Neyland Stadium before the game between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the University of Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium. Photo by Wade Rackley/Tennessee Athletics
The University of Tennessee is hoping for a big crowd to cheer on a win against South Carolina and the Ole Ball Coach. Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks are hyping up Vol fans.
With the bye week, a 12 o'clock start time and fall break, University officials are worried there might not be a big turnout. After the close game against Georgia two weeks ago, the people we spoke with say they're more pumped than ever.
Flen Whited's in town from Daytona Beach, ready to do some tailgating. Flen Whited says, "We always do low country boil for the South Carolina game."
They arrived Thursday night and it doesn't take the grill to get them fired up. Flen Whited says, "We come up from all the home games this year."
And this is one he thinks we can win. Whited says, "It all depends on if Worley can keep playing like he played in the Georgia game. If he can do that, we'll be OK."
But the University of Tennessee tells us they're concerned the crowd might not be as large. There are 90,000 tickets sold for the game.
The student section is not sold out. It's fall break and that's the challenge. Fans like Jim Barger don't let that stop them. He's the first RV in line to tailgate at the Ag Campus. Jim Barger says, "It's going to be an exciting game though. If they can play like they did against Georgia and we can hang in there."
Whited says, "Butch Jones has us staying for the whole game and not cussing. So that's good."
Again, the game starts at 12:00 Saturday and it's on ESPN.