Analysis: Predicting Mountaineers vs. Vols

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Appalachian State visits Rocky Top to take on Tennessee in the opener for 2016. Kickoff is Thursday night at 7:30 Eastern (TV: SEC Network).

  • Tennessee returns 17 starters between its offense (9) and defense (8), including the Vols’ four team captains — Joshua Dobbs, Alvin Kamara, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Cameron Sutton. 

  • Tennessee and Appalachian State have never played each other. The Vols' football program dates back to 1891 and Appalachian State’s dates to 1928.

  • The Vols open their season on Thursday for the first time since then-No. 11 Tennessee won 28-11 over Louisville on Sept. 5, 1991.

  • Tennessee is 25-20-7 all-time in Thursday games and last played on a Thursday on Dec. 30, 2010, in a 30-27, 2OT loss to North Carolina in the Music City Bowl.

  • The Vols' last regular-season Thursday game was a 41-3 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 3, 1996 in Memphis. The Vols were ranked No. 9 in that game as well.

Learn more about the matchup by seeing what InsideTennessee staff members Scott Hall, Joey Kent and Danny Parker said in the video above. To hear what coach Butch Jones said about the Mountaineers, click play below.

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