Utah State's season opener against Tennessee has been moved to Sunday Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. ET and will be moved to the SEC Network. This means there is an extra day to wait to see quarterback Chuckie Keeton to take his first snaps since he tore his ACL back in October, and if he is healthy it will be worth the wait.
In addition to the move being moved for TV purposes is because of Boomsday celebration, and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is excited for the football game to close out the weekend:
"This will be a unique and exciting weekend for our city and our state," said Jones. "With Boomsday on Saturday and our season opener on Sunday, the atmosphere and energy in Knoxville will be unrivaled. We're also excited about being one of the schools featured on the first weekend of SEC Network football telecasts, and we are looking forward to this tremendous opportunity."
Moving the game to Sunday night is not big deal for Utah State's schedule as their next week's game is against Idaho State, but it does give the team an extra day to prepare for the Volunteers.
The opening weekend of college football starts over the Labor Day holiday and begins Thursday and runs through Monday with games, so having a game on Sunday is nothing new. There are less games on Sunday so there will be more exposure for this game, despite it being on the SEC Network.
As of now the SEC Network is only on Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse so there could be a situation of many fans not able to watch this season-opening game for reach school. There should be more carriers to come on board but as of now DirecTV has said they do not plan to carry the new network, so be ready to possibly make arrangements to see this game.