Jessica Henderson leads the Pride of the Sounthland Marching Band.
Of course, the football players and the fans are looking forward to Saturday's kickoff.
Another group has been practicing hard too: the Pride of the Southland Marching Band.
She's a University of Tennessee student, she plays baritone like her twin sister who heads up that section, and Saturday she'll lead the Pride of the Southland Marching Band on to the field for the first game of the 2013 football season.
"As long as I'm composed and I'm ready they'll do fine," UT Drum Major Jessica Henderson said.
Jessica Henderson was drum major at her high school but there's something different about leading a 330 member band in front of 100,000 fans.
She sighed thinking about how she'll handle those first moments on the field. "Do a long whistle. Breathe. Right tempo. And I hope we win. I hope we do well," she said.
She's done a lot of listening.
"This is a job that doesn't have a book. You learn the ropes from everyone else," she said.
She spent about six months perfecting a signature move: the strut.
It takes a lot more than physical fitness and musical talent to lead the band.
"You just have to give your entire self to the band. You're the one who is going to get yelled at first and criticized first," she said.
Jessica Henderson is only the second woman in 144 years to lead the band at the University of Tennessee.
"I talked to the old female drum major and she's great, she's helpful," she said. "I've only gotten support, I haven't gotten anything too rough. But the directors do remind me that I have to be on top of my stuff just like any other person would not because I'm a female."
She'll be on top of the world Saturday on the 50 yard line at Neyland Stadium.
"It's going to be crazy. The pressure is going to be on. I haven't been in an actual game setting. We did the Orange and White game as part of our audition but it's nothing like having a rival team in our own stadium. It's going to be crazy," she said with a huge smile.
It's going to be crazy fun for fans and the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. The first woman to lead the band here was Kelly Bradshaw in 2005.