The first season of the Jim McElwain era in Gainesville can be described as a mixed bag. The Florida Gators began the 2015 season 6-0, but they went just .500 over their last eight games including a 41-7 loss in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl to Michigan.
College football’s Week 1 slate is filled with compelling matchups, and while UCLA-Texas A&M might not have the same pregame hype as Alabama-USC or Houston-Oklahoma, there’s a lot of intrigue surrounding this game.
The Thursday night matchup between Vanderbilt and South Carolina isn’t likely to register as one of the best games for Week 1, but there’s plenty at stake for these two teams. Tennessee, Georgia and Florida are widely considered to be the top three teams in the East, with a significant gap to the next four programs – Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt and South Carolina.
All of the media hype and fanfare that has accompanied the Tennessee Volunteers' preseason top-10 ranking will finally be put to the test on Thursday night as the Vols play host to former FCS power Appalachian State in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.