Last night on the SEC Network, the 2017 dates were set for Team 121.

The Vols open up with Georgia Tech at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on September 4th. That will be the second game of the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff weekend as Alabama plays Florida State two days prior in the brand new state of the art stadium.

Florida will be the third game of the year down in Gainesville, followed by a tough three game stretch in weeks 5, 6 & 7 against Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

 

And then comes LSU on November 18th in Neyland Stadium. The Vols have a great record against the Bayou Bengals overall (20-9-3) but LSU has won five of the last six meetings including two SEC Championship games.

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It will be the job of Butch Jones to make sure the right number of men will be on the field late in the game. I don’t think Butch will have the same problem Dooley did in 2010.

Overall, the Vols have just four true road games and seven games will be played in Knoxville. That will be a huge advantage next year. Meeting the 2016 expectations and parlaying that into a solid signing class next year will give the Big Orange lots to look forward to next year.