The Tennessee volunteers and the Bowling Green Falcons will open the 2015 season in Nashville, both schools announced today.
The Volunteers were originally scheduled to take on the UAB Blazers, but the school shut down their football program effective after the 2014 season.
Tennessee will host Bowling Green at LP Field in Nashville on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. The game will be the first ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.
“We are pleased to announce that we have been able to maintain our plans to open the 2015 season in Nashville, now against Bowling Green,” said Tennessee Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart.
The addition of Bowling Green completes Tennessee’s 2015 schedule once more. The Vols also host Oklahoma on Sept. 12, Western Carolina on Sept. 19, and North Texas on Nov. 14 in non-conference action.
In SEC play, Tennessee will host Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt and will travel to Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, and Missouri.
“We are looking forward to opening the 2015 football season with Tennessee in Nashville,” Bowling Green Director of Athletics Chris Kingston said. “The Tennessee staff has always been terrific to work with and it was great to quickly put this together with such an exceptional Southeastern Conference team, especially after losing our opening game. This gives us an opportunity to better shape our schedule.”
Bowling Green did not officially announce the remainder of their 2015 non-conference schedule, but previous game releases have the Falcons visiting Maryland (Sept. 12) and Purdue (Sept. 26) and hosting Memphis (Sept. 19).