Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd (1) runs for his second touchdown during the first half against Iowa in the Taxslayer Bowl at EverBank Field on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 in Jacksonville, FL. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)
College Football bowl games on New Year's Day is a tradition like no other in the country. Channel 3 is bringing viewers double coverage of the Tennessee Volunteers and the Georgia Bulldogs in Florida.
Sports Director, Paul Shahen hooked up with some Chattanooga locals from Rhea County, Chase Suttles and Will Bowles were not in Tampa just for fun. The players wanted to learn from Vols players on how to improve their game.
Wednesday, was Clearwater Beach Day for the Outback Bowl. Beach Day featured a few players from Tennessee and Northwestern, coaches Butch Jones and Pat Fitzgerald made an appearance. The Vols and Wildcat cheerleaders participated in a Tug-of-War match, the Vols Cheerleaders were victorious. Everything did not go smoothly though, there was a major traffic jam leaving the beach due to fans at the party.
The Vols had their last practice before the big bowl game on New Year's Day, Thursday. The Outback Bowl is hosting a New Year's Eve Parade and a pep rally in historical Ybor City. The parade will feature floats and about twenty marching bands including the two school's bands. The Pep Rally will feature a battle of the bands and cheerleaders.
Friday, is gameday! The Tennessee Volunteers (8-4) face the 13th ranked, Northwestern Wildcats (10-2) at noon kickoff on ESPN 2. Sports Director, Paul Shahen will be live with highlights at 5, 5:30, and 6. Be sure to use the hashtag #VolsOn3 on your social media apps.
Our sports crew then will make a three hour drive north to Jacksonville and cover the TaxSlayer Bowl where the Georgia Bulldogs (9-3) face Penn State Nittany Lions (7-5).