Those back east won’t have to wait till the wee hours to see Butch Jones make his national television debut as Tennessee head coach in 2013.
ESPN announced Wednesday that the Vols’ third game of the season — a major test at Oregon — will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. The game will air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 and mark UT’s first trip to Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.
The Vols open the season with home dates against Austin Peay and Western Kentucky. No times have been announced.
Oregon will face Nichols State and travel to Virginia before hosting Tennessee. The Ducks finished 12-1 last season, beating Kansas State 35-17 in the Fiesta Bowl.
The only previous meeting between UT and Oregon ended with the Ducks claiming a 48-13 victory at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 11, 2010.