No. 22 Tennessee vs. N.C. State


Published: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.

Gatorsports.com counts down the top 25 games in the SEC for the 2012 season.

NO. 22 — TENNESSEE VS. N.C. STATE

When: Aug. 31

Where:Georgia Dome (Atlanta)

Why it's No. 22: This is a huge early test for Tennessee, which is trying to rebound from last year's disappointing season. Derek Dooley is on the hot seat and needs an early win over an ACC team to calm the natives. It won't be easy because the Wolfpack return 14 starters from an 8-5 team.

Series history: The two teams have only played twice, splitting a pair of games. They haven't played since 1939.

Rivalry on a scale of 1-100: 51. These teams haven't played in forever even though the campuses are only 300 miles apart. But it's an SEC vs. ACC matchup which will add to to the heat.

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