For the first time in the Butch Jones/Dave Hart Era, Tennessee has struck a deal to play a major conference opponent in a home-and-home series. Tennessee and Pittsburgh will meet in Knoxville in 2021, and at Heinz Field in 2022 as announced today by the university.
This move returns the Vols to the home-and-home model after making a number of plans for neutral site games, including Bowling Green in Nashville this fall, Virginia Tech at Bristol in 2016, Georgia Tech at the Falcons' new stadium in 2017, and West Virginia in Charlotte in 2018. Pittsburgh may not have quite the star power or name recognition of teams like Oklahoma, who the Vols will face this fall in Knoxville, or the long list of past home-and-home foes for UT including Notre Dame and Miami. But I for one am glad to see the Vols put something on the books for the future that includes Knoxville again.
This is the first time Tennessee has scheduled a home-and-home with an ACC school since a long-standing series with Georgia Tech in the 1980s. As UT's release notes, it will be the first time the Vols have played in the state of Pennsylvania, and no doubt Johnny Majors is pleased. Majors, for you youngsters, won the 1976 National Championship at Pittsburgh before coming home to coach the Vols in 1977.
How do you feel about the Vols scheduling Pittsburgh?