Roughly 85,000 tickets are expected to be sold for Saturday's homecoming game against Troy, a Tennessee spokesperson said Wednesday.
That number would be about 17,000 short of capacity but a few thousand more than the Vols drew for their last non-conference game against Akron.
Two conference games earlier this year against Florida and Alabama were officially sold out. The official attendance figures for the two non-conference games — Akron on Sept. 22 and Georgia State on Sept. 8 — averaged 84,770.
The Vols (3-5) play the Trojans (4-4) on Saturday (TV: FSTN, noon).
Tennessee's overall average attendance — 93,613 — is second only to Alabama in the SEC. However, when ranked by percent of capacity filled, Tennessee is 13th (91.37 percent), better only than Kentucky.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.