That competitive nature of the SEC carries over to the recruiting world.
Pair that opportunity with a lively atmosphere at Neyland Stadium that saw the Volunteers upset then-No. 9 South Carolina 23-21 and it's enough to open eyes of recruits in attendance with the other 95,735 fans.
Landing a possible first-game starter at offensive tackle is no simple task and the recruitment of Avery Gennesy figures to be a tight one until the Dec. 16-19 dead period.
The Volunteers showed the East Mississippi Community College standout what they had to offer but it wasn't enough to get a verbal commitment.
"It was good, it was fun," Gennesy told InsideTennessee. "They're in my top 3."
Joining Tennessee atop the FOX Sports/Scout four-star's list of favorites is Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle couldn't pinpoint one thing about his official visit, simply saying what stuck out was "everything really."
"It was a little bit more live. It's just been good," said Gennesy, who's already visited College Station and Oxford.
The frenzied atmosphere on Shields-Watkins Field included players hugging and rejoicing as a lengthy losing streak versus ranked opponents was snapped.
"They played hard. It was a nice win. They never gave up, so it was a good game."
Stay tuned for more on Gennesy in the coming weeks as he plans to enroll at the school of his choice in January.