Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golesh chuckled Wednesday after being asked if, had the Vols been scheduled to play this week, his offense would have been ready to perform well.

“Gosh, I hope so,” Golesh said during a post-practice media availability.

While the question was hypothetical, Tennessee’s looming opener is very much real. The Vols will kick off the 2021 season on Sept. 2 in a home bout with Bowling Green.

The Thursday matchup has given Tennessee a unique opportunity to prepare for its opener, and the team isn’t taking it for granted.

“We’ve taken this week very much like a normal game week,” Golesh said. “For us today with a Wednesday practice, yesterday was a Tuesday practice, so this has worked out really, really well for us scheduling-wise, with the guys getting into school and us really essentially having almost two weeks to prepare like it would be a game this Saturday.

“And honestly, us as coaches needed that to go through a normal game week before the normal game week. The players needed to see it.”

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