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Week 1 Lived Up to the Hype

College football’s week one lived up to every ounce of the hype, believe it or not. Houston’s dominating win over Oklahoma served notice that the Cougars were no one game wonder. Wisconsin upset LSU in Lambeau Field and proved that even without a ton of big names, the Badgers can compete with, and beat, the best. Texas and Notre Dame? BRA-VO. What a night that was in Austin! Florida State raced back from down 28 to 6 for a 45-34 win over No. 11 ranked Ole Miss.

Man, what a weekend it was.

Unfortunately, the second week of the college football season doesn’t have near the excitement level as the first, but there’s something happening in week two that no one has ever seen in college football.

A game will take place inside a NASCAR race track.

The Flying J Battle at Bristol will be the first college football game to take place at a NASCAR race track. The Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies could play in front of an estimated 155,000 fans. That would set a college record and then some, but it’s the type of game that sets up for a unique challenge. It’s a half mile track, but it’s one of the smallest of the NASCAR race tracks.

But, for a football stadium, it’s gargantuan. The field has been situated directly in the middle of the track’s infield, which is typically reserved for pit crews, RVs and fans.

At SEC Media Days, Butch Jones and his Tennessee coaching staff had already begun to research the issues playing in a stadium so vast. Where’s the play clock going to be? How long will it take the coaches to get from press box to the field? Are there issues with distance from the fans or the locker room? They’re all things that you take for granted in some sense for a regular game, but in a stadium like this, it could be problematic, so to speak, if a team is caught unaware.

The two teams are both 1-0 and looking to stay undefeated headed into conference play in a few weeks. As such, this is THE marquee game of the weekend and the most unique college football game we’ll have seen in quite some time.

By: John Harris


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