We're five days away from kickoff, and Butch Jones met with the media Tuesday to talk about how Team 118's first game week preparations are going.

The Vols will kick off against Utah State at 7 pm Sunday night in Neyland Stadium.

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Jones said the Aggies are very talented, confident, and well-coached. They've won 25 of their last 33 games, and have a Heisman candidate at quarterback. Chuckie Keeton is a 6'2" senior that Jones said can make every throw and still run the ball.

That could pose a problem for a mostly untested and young Volunteer football team.

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Jones said the Vols probably have more unknowns going into this season than any other team in the country. They don't know how the team will respond to the gameday atmosphere and challenges, to making changes as needed throughout the game, and executing on the field.

He said that's where the open practice earlier this month at Neyland Stadium made a huge difference for the young players. That crowd of around 41,000 was the largest most of the team had ever played before. On Sunday, those numbers will more than double.

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That's also why Coach Jones said his team needs Big Orange Nation. He's pleased that the game is almost a sell-out, and wants fans to pluck up the rest of those tickets quickly.

"We need to make Neyland a great home field advantange" for the Vols, Jones said.

Its true the Vols are young, with most of the team made up of freshman and sophomores, and they're once again facing one of the toughest schedules in the nation. They won't win every game, but Vol fans are hoping to see some improvement, and a bowl game.

If Jones has his way, they'll get it.

"This team is eager. They want to be led. And they're hungry," said Jones.

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