Tennessee's 2013 football schedule released

Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) runs past Mississippi State defenders for a short gain in the first quarter of their NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) runs past Mississippi State defenders for a short gain in the first quarter of their NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Aug. 31: AUSTIN PEAY

Sept. 7: WESTERN KENTUCKY

Sept. 14: at Oregon

Sept. 21: at Florida

Sept. 28: SOUTH ALABAMA

Oct. 5: GEORGIA

Oct. 19: SOUTH CAROLINA

Oct. 26: at Alabama

Nov. 2: at Missouri

Nov. 9: AUBURN

Nov. 23: VANDERBILT

Nov. 30: at Kentucky

Auburn is the only surprise addition to Tennessee’s 2013 football schedule that was released Thursday.

Tennessee will play host to Auburn on Nov. 9 in Neyland Stadium. Other changes made by the SEC had little impact on Tennessee’s expected schedule.

Tennessee maintains its annual rivalry game with Alabama, its permanent opponent from the SEC West. The Vols will travel to Tuscaloosa in 2013 on the fourth Saturday in October.

Tennessee also will play each team in the SEC East on its regular home-away rotation. Games against Florida, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Kentucky retain their normal dates on the calendar.

Rather than play host to Mississippi State in 2013 after making a trip to Starkville this season, the Vols added Auburn to the schedule. This is a “bridge” schedule, meaning Tennessee won’t necessarily travel to Auburn in 2014 by virtue of hosting the Tigers in 2013. A new cycle could begin in 2014 depending on what decision is made by the league’s athletic directors.

Tennessee’s four non-conference opponents in 2013 are Austin Peay, Western Kentucky, Oregon and South Alabama.

In some respects, the schedule mimics this year’s slate. The Vols will face a bruising middle portion of the schedule sandwiched between a more manageable start and finish. In a particularly difficult six-week stretch, Tennessee will play Oregon, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

The Vols have open dates on Oct. 12 and Nov. 16. The SEC championship game is Dec. 7 in Atlanta.

Tennessee has never faced Austin Peay, a Championship Subdivision program, or South Alabama, which will be a full-fledged FBS team for the first time in 2013. Oregon beat the Vols at Neyland Stadium in 2011, while Tennessee opened the 2009 season with a victory against Western Kentucky.

Auburn is the only SEC team on the schedule that the Vols don’t face in 2012. Auburn has a five-game winning streak against Tennessee, including two victories in Auburn’s SEC championship season in 2004. The teams last met in 2009.

Tennessee and Missouri will meet for the first time on Nov. 10 at Neyland Stadium. The Vols’ first trip to Columbia will be Nov. 2, 2013.

Around the rest of the league, some of the changes were more dramatic.

Three games will be have the same hosts in 2013 that they did this year — Ole Miss at Alabama, Texas A&M at Ole Miss and Georgia at Auburn.

“There were so many variables in dealing with conference games, and the three repeat venue games, while not desired, provided the only solution to the complex scheduling issues,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a release.

SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack said a long-term formula for football scheduling should be implemented by 2014.

“This is a stand-alone schedule for just 2013 that has no impact on what is going to be agreed upon going forward,” Womack said in a story on SECSports.com. “It is really to get us through the 2013 year as we look to create a longer-term schedule for 2014 and beyond.”

Womack said work would begin “right away” on the long-term scheduling model, which would include a 12-year plan for rotating opponents.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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UTAlum9799 writes:

5-7

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

Three cupcakes and Oregon for non conference schedule, OOOOOkay.....

I wonder when the SEC will get the scheduling worked out. Its a brave new world.

govolsn3 writes:

in response to bfowler1161#262198:

Three cupcakes and Oregon for non conference schedule, OOOOOkay.....

I wonder when the SEC will get the scheduling worked out. Its a brave new world.

SEC has nothing to do with the non conference schedule. Personally I think that the cup-cake pasrt sucks. I would rather see VA. TECH or UNC or maybe WEST VA. game at NEYLAND. I will not pay to see the cup cake games

mdvol writes:

Definitely going to the Oregon game! Glad we stayed committed to that game instead of buying out.

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to UTAlum9799:

5-7

NO 7 & 5. Unless Tyler grows up significantly.

Rumblefish writes:

awful home schedule. i pray the athletic department isn't hoping to make too much $$ next year.

hunter is gone....as he is currently pulling a "jamal lewis" and saving himself for the NFL. bray is believing his own press and will likely declare. cp is weighing his draft status as i type.

that leaves us with worley, a bunch of unproven WR's, and no solid RB.

ouch.

westknoxrepub writes:

4-6 or 5-7 depending on how good Vandy gets. . .if Dooley's back next year. Although Western Kentucky beat an SEC Team this year and has a better overall record than we do. . .so who knows.

pingkr62 writes:

Not getting any easier, is it?

seofeed writes:

This schedule is just nasty

UTVOL2001 writes:

10-2 losses to AL and OR. Will be a great year!

1voiceofreason writes:

I dont see any way we could not win 6 games with this schedule.

Cupcake
Cupcake
L
L
Cupcake
L
L
L
Toss up
W
Toss up
W

Only 2 home games are actually worth going to. I cannot understand season ticket holders donating thousands for the honor of paying full price on discount games. At least 4 of those games will be selling for $5 a ticket along Cumberland on gameday.

BornTNfan writes:

Suprised none of you commented on the two open dates.

1voiceofreason writes:

Oregon is a nice OOC opponent. Hopefully we keep the H&H's scheduled with Oklahoma and Nebraska in '14-'17.

UTAlum9799 writes:

in response to BornTNfan:

Suprised none of you commented on the two open dates.

If Dooley's still here, we'll lose those 2 as well.

Southland writes:

we had better hope WKU loses Taggert this year or they will beat us They are a very good team and will be even better next year It is going to be ugly no matter who is coach. Bray and all three receivers will be gone. I include Zach Rogers because he has been the second best receiver and the most dependable of the year Not at talented of course just has been doing a better job of catching the ball

pcorange writes:

5-7 if Dooley is still coach, Vanderbilt could make it 4-8.

oldster writes:

in response to UTAlum9799:

5-7

Reverse i, 7-5, all the non-conference except Oregon, of course, who will score 60+, and UT will beat Auburn (who sucks as badly as the Vols), Mo, Vandy, and KY.

oldster writes:

in response to govolsn3:

SEC has nothing to do with the non conference schedule. Personally I think that the cup-cake pasrt sucks. I would rather see VA. TECH or UNC or maybe WEST VA. game at NEYLAND. I will not pay to see the cup cake games

You do not like to see UT win? Cupcakes are all they can beat.

oldster writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

NO 7 & 5. Unless Tyler grows up significantly.

.500 in conference!!! Wow! It should happen.

CrankE writes:

2013 looks a lot like 2011. And 2012 is shaping up a lot like 2011 as well.

Another winless conference run until November with bowl eligibility hanging in the balance when UT visits Kentucky.

I'm sure everything will be great just as long as 3rd and Chaney and 1st and Sunseri stick around . . .

oldster writes:

in response to carbonatedmilk:

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And getting the phooey beat out of them and being humiliated is going to "prepare" them better? Come on, face reality, UT is no longer capable of competing with anyone but cupcakes because UT has become a cupcake. If you do not believe me, I suggest that you watch a replay of our defense against UGA and Miss.ST.

pr

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

awful home schedule. i pray the athletic department isn't hoping to make too much $$ next year.

hunter is gone....as he is currently pulling a "jamal lewis" and saving himself for the NFL. bray is believing his own press and will likely declare. cp is weighing his draft status as i type.

that leaves us with worley, a bunch of unproven WR's, and no solid RB.

ouch.

If he goes to the NFL this year on his production the NFL is in trouble. Tyler is strictly a backyard player. He cant read defensives or does he care to. You will see him choke big time this weekend and Worley will have to take the punishment.

oldster writes:

in response to powerTbaby:

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2-10 if they change coaches again. Can people not rememeber what happens when UT hires new coaches? Gee, folks, look at the history since Neyland. Few changes went smoothly and one of those ended up as being one of the worst things to happen to UT football, ever (Bill Battle). No, at least give Dooley and the assistant coaches the run of their contracts, but do not extend them unless things improve. If they do not, then let them go.

oldster writes:

in response to UTAlum9799:

If Dooley's still here, we'll lose those 2 as well.

Oh yeah, Dooley is the problem. Other than being forced to hire an unqualified and obvious failure as a defensive co-ordinator because the old, comptetent one heard the rumblings that they all were going to lose their jobs after this year, what has he done wrong? Well, except for taking the job in the first place. He did show bad timing and way, way too much courage and confidence in his ability.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to oldster:

2-10 if they change coaches again. Can people not rememeber what happens when UT hires new coaches? Gee, folks, look at the history since Neyland. Few changes went smoothly and one of those ended up as being one of the worst things to happen to UT football, ever (Bill Battle). No, at least give Dooley and the assistant coaches the run of their contracts, but do not extend them unless things improve. If they do not, then let them go.

Really? You think we're going to hire someone worse than Dooley? Is there someone worse than Dooley? Why are you folks so afraid to pull the trigger on something that isn't working. Five years in if we keep Dooley you'll be throwing out the same "keep him around unless things don't improve" line.

oldster writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

If he goes to the NFL this year on his production the NFL is in trouble. Tyler is strictly a backyard player. He cant read defensives or does he care to. You will see him choke big time this weekend and Worley will have to take the punishment.

Finally, someone sees Bray as what he is: a million dollar arm attached to a $10 body with an IOU brain.

Rumblefish writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

If he goes to the NFL this year on his production the NFL is in trouble. Tyler is strictly a backyard player. He cant read defensives or does he care to. You will see him choke big time this weekend and Worley will have to take the punishment.

agreed brando. i don't think he is an NFL qb, but tyler sure thinks he is.

oh gawd....i can't even imagine how bad it's going to be with worley at qb next year.

1voiceofreason writes:

UT cannot afford to fire Dooley this year regardless of what happens. OK, maybe if the Vols lose out they wouldnt have a choice, but I dont see that happening.

My preference would be to give him the last year of his contract to show results and then show him the door if they arent there. That way, nobody can say he didnt get a fair shot.

Use the buyout money and get the boosters together to throw the bank at Saban, Stoops, Petersen, etc. A PROVEN BCS-level talent. At this point, we can either wallow in mediocrity or pay to play major college football again. I would love nothing more than to steal Bama's HOF coach out from under them.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

After reading all these uplifting comments, I think I'll go to the O Club and have a drink. I've got the weekend off, and a ticket arranged. Can't wait to get to Knoxville tomorrow to prepare for watching the upset of the decade. Go Vols!

oldster writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Really? You think we're going to hire someone worse than Dooley? Is there someone worse than Dooley? Why are you folks so afraid to pull the trigger on something that isn't working. Five years in if we keep Dooley you'll be throwing out the same "keep him around unless things don't improve" line.

West, did you not read my post? Doug Dickey and Johnny Majors were very good coaches, but it took them some time to right the ship. It took Johnny several years of hardship to get it righted (remember 56-6 by Washington State?). If UT had the same patience with Johnny that you are suggesting should be used with Dooley, they would still be playing musical coaches over there.

NeylandWest writes:

in response to UTVOL2001:

10-2 losses to AL and OR. Will be a great year!

I'll have whatever it is you're having. Please tell me you're not driving for the next few hours.

1voiceofreason writes:

Yes, Im talking about making somebody the highest paid college coach of all time. UT has the resources to do so, but if they dont do it with the next hire, they may not get another shot given dwindling interest in a losing program. Once the fans leave, it will take years of winning to get them back. Success breeds success.

mdvol writes:

This a great interview with Dave Hart. Don't think I've seen it posted here....

http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/ind...

Hart basically says we are a mess and we are broke.

VolGrad writes:

in response to govolsn3:

SEC has nothing to do with the non conference schedule. Personally I think that the cup-cake pasrt sucks. I would rather see VA. TECH or UNC or maybe WEST VA. game at NEYLAND. I will not pay to see the cup cake games

As long as the SEC is the dominant league, there will be few if any of its schools who will schedule more than 1 of those 4 out of conference games against significant competition. They don't have to in order to compete for nc championships. When I look at the October schedule Tennessee consistently plays, why should they schedule more than one of those 4 games against major conference schools? And it is the same with every program in this conference.

And it will probably never happen unless the SEC falls to the level of the WAC in conference play.

volnvette03 writes:

in response to Southland:

we had better hope WKU loses Taggert this year or they will beat us They are a very good team and will be even better next year It is going to be ugly no matter who is coach. Bray and all three receivers will be gone. I include Zach Rogers because he has been the second best receiver and the most dependable of the year Not at talented of course just has been doing a better job of catching the ball

Zach Rogers is a senior this year. Geez, you guys think when another team has 1 stud, their great. Why don't we evaluate our current team at the end of the season, and, see who really leaves early before we write off 2013 which is another half season and NSD away.

CCLC writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

After reading all these uplifting comments, I think I'll go to the O Club and have a drink. I've got the weekend off, and a ticket arranged. Can't wait to get to Knoxville tomorrow to prepare for watching the upset of the decade. Go Vols!

There are two certainties. One is:"never get involved in a land war in Asia"
The other is "never bring a knife to a gunfight" I think you will be in a gunfight with Bama armed only with a knife. Be great if it was only for a half.
just sayin'

1voiceofreason writes:

in response to CCLC:

There are two certainties. One is:"never get involved in a land war in Asia"
The other is "never bring a knife to a gunfight" I think you will be in a gunfight with Bama armed only with a knife. Be great if it was only for a half.
just sayin'

Actually, Saturday will probably be closer to bringing a rock to a tank fight.

KingDanno (Inactive) writes:

Bray doesn't need to go NFL. He needs to improve his draft position and get paid more. These young players need to realize NFL means not for long. They have a window to get their skills up in college and then go for a good draft pick. Then you'll get a chance at a good salary you may be able to live off of and invest some to last the rest of your life. If they go now, they won't be a high draft, will sit on the bench, and may not even start before they are cut. It's in everyones best interest that our boys stay, learn, sharpen skills, better stats and intangibles like come back wins, team leadership, ect. This will earn them the most money and give us a better record (without Dooley). We should get a good coach and finish top 10 if our boys stay.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

4-6 or 5-7 depending on how good Vandy gets. . .if Dooley's back next year. Although Western Kentucky beat an SEC Team this year and has a better overall record than we do. . .so who knows.

we do???????hahhahahahahahahahaha

PUL4VOLS writes:

I wish all the Whiney Complaining Girls on here would get a job where THEY can plan the perfect scheduling for the next 40 years of UT football. It is sickening. Come on folks, we are down in the mouth this year, but the season is not over. If the team goes 6-6, it's better than last year. Everyone is acting as if our not beating 3 top 25 teams means we have no chance of...playing tough with Alabubba and S.Caroleeena; nor finish with four wins and be...7-5 which is a reverse of...you got it last year! No, losing is not the standard but any progress helps. So hold onto your hats guys for about another month and a half. Then you can assess the full season and see where the Vols are.

Col26ca writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

After reading all these uplifting comments, I think I'll go to the O Club and have a drink. I've got the weekend off, and a ticket arranged. Can't wait to get to Knoxville tomorrow to prepare for watching the upset of the decade. Go Vols!

I salute you on that sir. I will also be in attendance for a classic experience that I have enjoyed since the 60's. As to these fans, they would bit"h if you hung them with a "new" rope. I am a Vol For Life, good or bad. Let them go play with Ohio State or what ever the flavor of the month is. The reason I wear a Tennessee shirt is I graduated from Tennessee. The reason you wear the Alabama shirt or who ever else you wish to be today is, you went to Wal Mart and it was on sale. GBO and FO to the rest of you.

tnvol4ever writes:

in response to PUL4VOLS:

I wish all the Whiney Complaining Girls on here would get a job where THEY can plan the perfect scheduling for the next 40 years of UT football. It is sickening. Come on folks, we are down in the mouth this year, but the season is not over. If the team goes 6-6, it's better than last year. Everyone is acting as if our not beating 3 top 25 teams means we have no chance of...playing tough with Alabubba and S.Caroleeena; nor finish with four wins and be...7-5 which is a reverse of...you got it last year! No, losing is not the standard but any progress helps. So hold onto your hats guys for about another month and a half. Then you can assess the full season and see where the Vols are.

Hmmm, common sense approach, very interesting

gwbask writes:

in response to mdvol:

This a great interview with Dave Hart. Don't think I've seen it posted here....

http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/ind...

Hart basically says we are a mess and we are broke.

very good read. opened my eyes more. knew we had a few problems. but he seems confident that we can turn it around. speaks very positive about the people he works with

GloryDays writes:

in response to UTVOL2001:

10-2 losses to AL and OR. Will be a great year!

We will have a new coach next year.

Derek Dooley will be fired on Monday November 26. The Vols will have a new coach within 2 weeks, no later than Monday Dec. 10. Write it down. Hart is already calling and getting this lined up.

dorlasher writes:

Undefeated and going to the Sugar Bowl. Oh wait.. this is Tennessee... hmm choke at florida choke at georgia choke at miss st .. okay maybe 4-8

thevoice writes:

in response to oldster:

2-10 if they change coaches again. Can people not rememeber what happens when UT hires new coaches? Gee, folks, look at the history since Neyland. Few changes went smoothly and one of those ended up as being one of the worst things to happen to UT football, ever (Bill Battle). No, at least give Dooley and the assistant coaches the run of their contracts, but do not extend them unless things improve. If they do not, then let them go.

Dooley's contract is for 6 years. 6 years! I'm not thinking folks will wait that long. If UT finds the right coach, good things may happen quickly: ala, Petrino, Saban, Kiffen at USC, Strong at UL, Mullen, etc. If UT doesn't get rid of Dooley, UT is basically saying he's the best there is. I think we all know he's not.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

September 21st it will become 9.

NINE

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to BornTNfan:

Suprised none of you commented on the two open dates.

Shouldn't lose those!

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to UTAlum9799:

5-7

with this crew thats spot on

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to GloryDays:

We will have a new coach next year.

Derek Dooley will be fired on Monday November 26. The Vols will have a new coach within 2 weeks, no later than Monday Dec. 10. Write it down. Hart is already calling and getting this lined up.

If this team lets Bama bend them over for a good old back of the barn whupin then I think that your spot on...I'm hoping that it's not true that the team is in discontent with this staff. We will know Saturday. Another very important game for Dooley.

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