The University of Tennessee officially announced Tuesday afternoon that the Volunteers' football season opener against Utah State has been moved to Sunday, Aug. 31, and will be televised on the SEC Network.
The contest was originally slated to be played on Saturday, Aug. 30.
The move to Sunday means that the annual Boomsday event held in Knoxville will move to Saturday evening.
"This will be a unique and exciting weekend for our city and our state," said Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones in a university release. "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."
With the schedule change, Tennessee's contest against Utah State will mark the seventh time that the Vols have played on Sunday, the last time being the season opener on Sept. 5, 2004, when the Vols defeated UNLV, 42-17, in the only Sunday game ever to be played in Neyland Stadium.
The Vols are 3-2-1 all-time in their six Sunday contests.
The matchup between Tennessee and the Aggies will be one of at least six contests featured on the opening weekend of the SEC Network, which officially launches on Aug. 14.
The contests scheduled to be aired include a Thursday night doubleheader of Texas A&M at South Carolina and Temple at Vanderbilt, in addition to a tripleheader on Saturday, Aug. 30.
"We are thrilled to have the Tennessee Vols home opener on the SEC Network," Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, also said in the release. "Tennessee has a rich tradition of passionate college football fans, and we look forward to providing exclusive coverage of a packed Neyland Stadium Labor Day weekend."