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Tennessee — West Virginia Kickoff Time Announced

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An afternoon kick.

NCAA Football: South Carolina at North Carolina State Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Volunteers and the West Virginia Mountaineers will get their seasons rolling in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 1st. They’ll do so on a national stage, with the CBS broadcast team handling the call.

The game is set to kickoff at 3:30 eastern from Bank of America Stadium.

The game will mark the first time that the two schools have played on the football field.

West Virginia enters this one in a better spot than the Vols, who will be in year one of the Jeremy Pruitt era. The Mountaineers return star quarterback Will Grier, who already has history breaking Tennessee fans’ hearts. Grier is now a legitimate NFL prospect entering his senior season.

For the Vols, we have more questions than answers right now about the roster, but that’s fairly typical in year one of a rebuild. Tennessee will have to get healthy, settle on a quarterback, find a new offensive line combination and get final answers on a number of positional changes before then.

The oddsmakers have given a clear and expected advantage to West Virginia, who currently holds up as about a touchdown favorite, depending on where you look.