Tennessee releases 2014 football schedule

Vols have home games against Florida, Alabama

University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones uses a microphone to communicate with players during the Vols' opening scrimmage of the fall 2013 season at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones uses a microphone to communicate with players during the Vols' opening scrimmage of the fall 2013 season at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee will play at Ole Miss out of the SEC West in addition to traditional rival Alabama in the newly released 2014 conference schedule format.

The Vols open the SEC season Sept. 27 at Georgia, nearly one month after the first SEC game of 2014. Other opponents out of the East are Florida (Oct. 4), at South Carolina (Nov. 1), Kentucky (Nov. 15), Missouri (Nov. 22) and at Vanderbilt (Nov. 29).

The 2014 season will mark the first time the Bulldogs have served as UT's SEC opener since 1995. For the first time since 2001, Florida will not be the first conference game on the Tennessee schedule

Tennessee will end the regular season with an opponent other than Kentucky for the first time since 2001. Vandy was Tennessee’s final game from 1975 to 2001.

Out of the SEC West, The Vols will play at Ole Miss on Oct. 18 and host Alabama a week later on Oct. 25.

Under the league's current format, teams play one permanent opponent from the other division and a second rotating opponent. Many believe the SEC will eventually expand to a nine-game schedule that includes two rotating inter-division opponents.

In non-conference play, the Vols host Utah State and Arkansas State to open the season before traveling to Oklahoma at Sept. 13.

The Vols will play in-state Chattanooga at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 11.

Tennessee hasn’t faced Chattanooga since 1969.

Tennessee has never faced Oklahoma in a regular season game. The Vols and Sooners met twice in the Orange Bowl. They split meetings after the 1938 and 1967 season. The Vols claim national titles in both seasons.

There were some notable matchups around the rest of the league.

Florida travels to Alabama on Sept. 20 in what could be a matchup of national title contenders.

Texas A&M will play only three SEC home games -- Ole Miss, Missouri and LSU. The Aggies will play Arkansas in Dallas.

The full SEC schedule is here.

For an in-depth breakdown of the new schedule, check out Evan Woodbery's blog.

Tennessee’s full schedule is below:

Aug. 30: Utah State

Sept. 6: Arkansas State

Sept. 13: at Oklahoma

Sept. 20: Open

Sept. 27: at Georgia

Oct. 4: Florida

Oct. 11: UTC

Oct. 18: at Ole Miss

Oct. 25: Alabama

Nov. 1: at South Carolina

Nov. 8: Open

Nov. 15: Kentucky

Nov. 22: Missouri

Nov. 29: at Vanderbilt

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

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GatorHater1998 writes:

8-4 because of an inexperienced o-line. 10-2 the next year.

FearlessFreep writes:

Like the open date before Georgia and the pushing back of the Florida game.

rbwtn writes:

I hope we fill some of those Open dates with meaningful opponents. We've got to play-em if we want to become noticed Nationally and remember in 14 the playoff's begin it's important and ESPN SEC channel starts in earnest.

TommyJack writes:

in response to rbwtn:

I hope we fill some of those Open dates with meaningful opponents. We've got to play-em if we want to become noticed Nationally and remember in 14 the playoff's begin it's important and ESPN SEC channel starts in earnest.

whut?

jgvol#313474 writes:

I like the way the schedule plays out but it's still a tough test. Go Vols !!

Irate_Wanderer writes:

in response to rbwtn:

I hope we fill some of those Open dates with meaningful opponents. We've got to play-em if we want to become noticed Nationally and remember in 14 the playoff's begin it's important and ESPN SEC channel starts in earnest.

Wow! How many games do you want them to play in a year? We are talking about football here.

BTKidd writes:

If they replaced Utah State and Arkansas State with MTSU and Tenn. Tech it would be even better.

8inarow writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

Like the open date before Georgia and the pushing back of the Florida game.

Won't matter. 10 in a row.

TNVOLNTX writes:

in response to rbwtn:

I hope we fill some of those Open dates with meaningful opponents. We've got to play-em if we want to become noticed Nationally and remember in 14 the playoff's begin it's important and ESPN SEC channel starts in earnest.

Uhhhh, you're joking, right?

Rumblefish writes:

Utah state just went 11-2, and Arky State just won the Sun Belt, correct? Not quite the patsy team we are facing in Austin Peay.

I like UT's scheduling with a solid OOC team every year (Oklahoma, Oregon, etc)

allvol8 writes:

in response to 8inarow:

Won't matter. 10 in a row.

Keep telling yourself that..

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Well one loss is certain. UT Chattanooga. Gooooo Mocs.

Rumblefish writes:

For those of you that think Utah State is a push over....

http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-12/wa...

Rumblefish writes:

For those of you who think Arky State is a push over....
(they also have the addition of the troubled RB Dyer from Auburn playing for them)

http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-12/su...

VolinMC writes:

I like the way the conference games are set up. Might help.

antonio14313 writes:

let the fall of alabama begin...

GO VOLS!!!

t

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Seriously 8-4 is NOT unbelievable with this schedule. I don't believe really but I do hope.
Arkansas State, Oklahoma, and Missouri are huge ?s for me. Winning those will give us a winning year and a bowl.

MetroplexMojo writes:

Combined 2012 record of Oklahoma, Utah State, and Arkansas State was 31-8. Add those teams to UGA, Florida, Bama, and USC. Wow

mocsandvolsfan writes:

OK Rumble. U St. and Arky St. are questions too. But you could say that about even UTC this year. After all they're ranked like Appy St was the year they upset Mich.?? maybe not as high as AppSt was.

MetroplexMojo writes:

Here's a stat about Utah State.

Utah State was ranked higher than ALL Big 10 teams that were eligible for postseason play per Sagrain in 2012.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports...

GatorHater1998 writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

For those of you who think Arky State is a push over....
(they also have the addition of the troubled RB Dyer from Auburn playing for them)

http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-12/su...

Dyer now plays for Louisville

The_Memphis_View writes:

The SEC needs to drop the Chatts of the world, and go ahead and add a 9th conference game. Also drop the "rivalry" game, aka 'Bama, and play 3 interdivisional games per year. If the league was interested in perserving traditional rivals, they would've never entered into this expansion arms race in the first place.

antonio14313 writes:

in response to 8inarow:

Won't matter. 10 in a row.

could be 2 in a row. :)

go vols.

t

Rumblefish writes:

in response to GatorHater1998:

Dyer now plays for Louisville

Thx for the correction!

Rumblefish writes:

OFF TOPIC

If you guys haven't seen this yet, it's hysterical! Georgia Tech Convocation speech to incoming freshmen....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98nNpz...

luvmatersoup writes:

Test

NashvillePreds writes:

Evan,
We "claim" national championships in 1938 & 1967, b/c the NCAA RECOGNIZES those teams as National Champions.

Rise to the Top
Go Vols

murrayvol writes:

in response to 8inarow:

Won't matter. 10 in a row.

You desperately need to hire new writers.

bUTch_please writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Well one loss is certain. UT Chattanooga. Gooooo Mocs.

...and the Fan of the Year award goes to

Best wishes for an 11 - 1 UTC 2014 season!

volposter writes:

in response to The_Memphis_View:

The SEC needs to drop the Chatts of the world, and go ahead and add a 9th conference game. Also drop the "rivalry" game, aka 'Bama, and play 3 interdivisional games per year. If the league was interested in perserving traditional rivals, they would've never entered into this expansion arms race in the first place.

No! Add the ninth game (so we look more like one league than two), but keep the traditional game with Ala. Agree we should drop the UTC and AP type games, or the NCAA should return to the rule that they do not count as wins needed for a bowl thus treating them more like the exhibition games they are (and let the kids in free as UT used to many years ago). UT/Ala is too big a deal to drop. We have already lost a traditional home BB game with Ky - usually the biggest game of the year and often UT's best win. We will beat Ala again some day so let's not give up just because things are down now.

murrayvol writes:

in response to VolinMC:

I like the way the conference games are set up. Might help.

Might not....but it's a helluva lot better than 2013.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Hmmmm, not an easy slate for certain..GBO!

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

OFF TOPIC

If you guys haven't seen this yet, it's hysterical! Georgia Tech Convocation speech to incoming freshmen....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98nNpz...

That was hilarious...still not sure if it tops Mark Richt's crowning achievement to date

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd6T4M...

SummittsCourt writes:

Playing at Oregon this year, at Oklahoma next year. You can't say UT is afraid of the big boys of college football. Tack on the usual SEC beasts and they play a tough schedule every year.

WhitePineVol77 writes:

in response to GatorHater1998:

8-4 because of an inexperienced o-line. 10-2 the next year.

This year our O line should be good...worry about our pass defense with frosh corners in 2013

DukeDeLuca2 writes:

Nice schedule, but who will be the head coach du jour in 2014?

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to 8inarow:

Won't matter. 10 in a row.

...and you are still a MORON UFAG Gator!

opvol writes:

Love this schedule!

antonio14313 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Playing at Oregon this year, at Oklahoma next year. You can't say UT is afraid of the big boys of college football. Tack on the usual SEC beasts and they play a tough schedule every year.

EXACTLY! we play at least 1 out of conference game that's a good team/great team every year. AND, EVERY team plays a cupcake or 2 EVERY year. it all balances out...

go vols!

t

cobragolfer writes:

5-7 again!

ATX_VOL_FAN writes:

in response to rbwtn:

I hope we fill some of those Open dates with meaningful opponents. We've got to play-em if we want to become noticed Nationally and remember in 14 the playoff's begin it's important and ESPN SEC channel starts in earnest.

Wow. First, they only play 12 games. That's a normal thing in college football.

Second, Oklahoma isn't a tough enough competitor to get us into the playoff picture, assuming we can even go undefeated that season?

Third, the SEC schedule is tough enough. Especially going to Georgia, S. Carolina, AND Ole Miss (they'll be even better next year than they were last year or will be this year).

Fourth, Utah St and Arkansas St won't be walks in the park. Remember Utah St nearly upset Auburn in season opener after winning the NC. They might actually surprise people this season.

That is all. Do research before posting. Please.

thevoice writes:

perhaps the best schedule in decades

calvol writes:

Wow... and I thought this year's schedule was tough.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

...and the Fan of the Year award goes to

Best wishes for an 11 - 1 UTC 2014 season!

Not really. I'd actually hate to see UT lose to the mocs. It would be very disappointing. It would hurt no one for UTC to lose but would destroy UT hopes of a decent year.

Besides it ain't gonna happen.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Utah state just went 11-2, and Arky State just won the Sun Belt, correct? Not quite the patsy team we are facing in Austin Peay.

I like UT's scheduling with a solid OOC team every year (Oklahoma, Oregon, etc)

You are correct..3 years ago I started watching Utah State games because I had some of their players on my fantasy team and they got my attention when they almost beat Auburn. Last year they were 7 points away from a undefeated season and finished in the Top #20..They got so good that Wisconsin hired away their coach Gary Andersen

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to GatorHater1998:

Dyer now plays for Louisville

I think Rumble meant former Vol David Oku. He had over 1000 yards for Ark State last year.This will be Oku's SR season

luvmatersoup writes:

Test...Great schedule!

GatorHater1998 writes:

in response to WhitePineVol77:

This year our O line should be good...worry about our pass defense with frosh corners in 2013

I know the o-line will be amazing this year. I meant 8-4 in '14 and 10-2 in '15.

Show-me-your-TDs writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

Like the open date before Georgia and the pushing back of the Florida game.

Yep

jaydubuc writes:

Whatever happened to playing Bama every 3rd Saturday in October?

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