Aggies won't be intimidated headed into Tennessee

Published 08/26 2014 09:25PM

Updated 08/26 2014 10:43PM

LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Utah State is used to playing in front of 25,000 fans at Romney Stadium. Sunday's game at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium will be four times that amount, but the Aggies say they won't be intimidated.

"You just got to get used to the environment and the atmosphere," said running back Joe Hill. "we're going to Tennessee where there is over 100,000 fans. So, you just got to keep your nerve about you. You've done this your whole life."

"We're looking forward to going to Tennessee," said linebacker Zach Vigil. "what an awesome experience we get to play in front of 100,000. I can't wait."

"To be able to play in that atmosphere and that audience is an opportunity to expose our program," said head coach Matt Wells. "We get to show the country what we've done."

The Aggies have done so much the last few years, that even though they are 1-16 all-time against SEC teams with their lone victory coming in 1970 against Kentucky, many experts are picking Utah State to win.

Utah State has come so close the last few years against big-name schools like Oklahoma, Auburn and Wisconsin, but this may be their best shot at knocking off one of the big boys of college football. If they do, this will have to be considered one of the most significant wins in school history.

"The coverage that you're going to get is going to be nationwide," said Wells. I mean, we're going to be in a lot of living rooms. Every college football team is going to be watching us. Expectations continue to remain high and we want that, but this is just another opportunity for us to go do it."

While fans in Logan know the success their team has had the last three seasons, Tennessee is also fully aware of the dangers the Aggies pose.

"We're playing a football team that we all know is a very talented, very good football team," said Tennessee head coach Butch Jones. "They're very confident and very well coached. We all understand what we're in store for with Chuckie Keeton. He can make every throw, but he adds a whole other dynamic in terms of being able to run the football."

Utah State and Tennessee play Sunday night at 5:00 p.m. mountain time.

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