BYU football announces games with Tennessee and Idaho State

BYU football will play future games with Tennessee and Idaho State. (BYU Graphics)

BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe has announced agreements with the University of Tennessee and Idaho State University for future football games.

The Cougars will meet the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 7, 2019. The Vols will come to Provo on either Sept. 1 or 2 of 2023. The 2019 contest will be the first time Tennessee and BYU will meet on the football field.

Tennessee, a member of the Southeastern Conference, has claimed six national championships, 16 conference titles and has appeared in 52 bowl games. Neyland Stadium has a capacity of 102,455 and is the fourth-largest athletic facility in the United States.

“There’s something about those orange and white checkerboard end zones that shouts ‘Tradition!’,” Holmoe said. “When the opportunity to play a series with Tennessee presented itself, we didn’t blink.”

BYU will also host a game against Idaho State University on Nov. 16, 2019.

This will be the sixth meeting between the Cougars and the Bengals. The first time was in Pocatello, Idaho on Nov 4, 1932 and the most recent game was on Nov. 16, 2013 in Provo. The Cougars currently have a 5-0 record in the series.

“Pocatello is only about three hours from Provo and it’s a good regional contest for both schools,” Holmoe said. “We look forward to hosting Idaho State at LaVell Edwards Stadium in 2019.”

Kickoff times and broadcast plans for the games will be announced later.


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