The dates and opponents are locked in for Derek Dooley's second season.
And after sneaking in a bowl matchup with North Carolina to close 2010 instead of the series Tennessee bought out of scheduled to start this year, the Vols coach appears to have the manageable slate the program was looking for when it dropped the Tar Heels.
In place of the team that escaped with a 30-27 win in double overtime in the Music City Bowl on Thursday in Nashville, UT will host Buffalo on Oct. 1 following an off week and the first three games of the regular season -- a home opener against Montana, another nonconference tilt with Cincinnati and a trip to Florida.
The Vols also play Middle Tennessee State in action outside of the SEC, but while they were able to soften some of the difficulty for a roster still in transition, there's nothing that can be done to ease up the league schedule.
Trips to Florida (Sept. 17), Alabama (Oct. 22) and Arkansas (Nov. 12) will provide tough tests for Dooley's young squad, though one possible benefit for the Vols next season is that none of the road trips are on consecutive weekends with the final game away from Neyland Stadium set for Nov. 26 at Kentucky.
UT will be playing eight times at home for just the third time in school history, joining 1950 and 2009 as the only seasons with so many dates in Knoxville. All kickoff times are still undetermined.
2011 Tennessee Football Schedule
Date Opponent Location
Sept. 3 Montana Knoxville
Sept. 10 Cincinnati Knoxville
Sept. 17 at Florida Gainesville, Fla.
Sept. 24 OPEN
Oct. 1 Buffalo Knoxville
Oct. 8 Georgia Knoxville
Oct. 15 LSU Knoxville
Oct. 22 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Oct. 29 South Carolina Knoxville
Nov. 5 Middle Tennessee Knoxville
Nov. 12 at Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark.
Nov. 19 Vanderbilt Knoxville
Nov. 26 at Kentucky Lexington, Ky.