It’s the biggest game of the home schedule for Tennessee this season. One that could define the future of Butch Jones and the Tennessee football program. A chance for the 3-1 Vols to right the ship against a top 10 undefeated Georgia team. A chance to turn the SEC East back into a cluster of confusion and give Tennessee a shot to rise to the top of the weaker half of the conference.
It’s Checker Neyland. It’s smokey gray uniforms. It’s supposed to be everything that college football stands for on Rocky Top. Hell, SEC Network is even in town.
However, as of 1:22pm Friday the University of Tennessee still hasn’t sold out the student section (screenshot below). What does this mean? I don’t really know.
The student ticketing system failed to authorize group tickets this week meaning that friends who expected to sit together have separate tickets. Is this part of the problem? Again, I don’t really know.
I don’t know if students are weaker Tennessee fans these days or if they’re just tired of being let down recently by unfulfilled expectations. Maybe they’re just all snowflakes (I just needed another sentence in this paragraph).
What I do know is that it’s a disappointing development in a season that needs something positive to happen this week on the football field. Just don’t expect the student section to be in full force.