BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Eight games at Neyland Stadium, including the first-ever meeting with BYU and a matchup with Mississippi State for the first time since 2012, highlight Tennessee’s 2019 football schedule.
The SEC released complete schedules for all 14 conference schools on Tuesday.
Tennessee opens the season on Aug. 31 against Georgia State before hosting BYU on Sept. 7 and Chattanooga on Sept. 14.
The Vols travel to Gainesville to face the Gators for their SEC opener on Sept. 21 before the first of two open dates on Sept. 28.
Tennessee welcomes Georgia on Oct. 5 and hosts SEC Western Division foe Mississippi State on Oct. 12. It’s the Vols’ first game against the Bulldogs since 2012, and the first meeting in Knoxville in 10 years.
The third Saturday in October (Oct. 19), of course, has UT traveling to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama.
The Vols host South Carolina on Oct. 26 and welcome UAB on Nov. 2, before an SEC road clash at Kentucky on Nov. 9.
Following an open date on Nov. 16, Tennessee wraps up the regular season at Missouri on Nov. 23 and versus Vanderbilt in Knoxville on Nov. 30.
The SEC Championship Game will be played on Dec. 7 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
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A Closer Look at the 2019 Schedule
Aug. 31 | Georgia State | Knoxville, Tenn.
All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: 2012 (Tennessee 51, Georgia State 13)
Tennessee will open the season in the month of August for the first time since 2014…Tennessee has won 23 of its past 24 home openers.
Sept. 7 | BYU | Knoxville, Tenn.
All-Time Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Tennessee will make the return trip to Provo for the second leg of its home-and-home series with BYU in 2023…BYU is not a member of a conference, but the Cougars have a storied history, capturing the 1984 national title while winning 23 conference titles in the WAC and Mountain West.
Sept. 14 | Chattanooga | Knoxville, Tenn.
All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 38-2-2
Last Meeting: 2014 (Tennessee 45, Chattanooga 10)
Tennessee has won 14 straight games against in-state non-conference teams and possesses an all-time record of 71-3-2 against those schools.
Sept. 21 | at Florida | Gainesville, Fla.
All-Time Series Record: Florida leads, 27-20 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
Last Meeting: 2017 (Florida 26, Tennessee 20)
Each of the past two meetings between Tennessee and Florida in Gainesville have been decided on the game’s final play.
Oct. 5 | Georgia | Knoxville, Tenn.
All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 23-22-2 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
Last Meeting: 2017 (Georgia 41, Tennessee 0)
Tennessee will have an open date the week before playing Georgia for just the second time since 2007…The Vols’ most recent win over the Bulldogs, in 2016, came when quarterback Josh Dobbs found wide receiver Jauan Jennings for a 43-yard Hail Mary touchdown with no time remaining.
Oct. 12 | Mississippi State | Knoxville, Tenn.
All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 28-16-1
Last Meeting: 2012 (Mississippi State 41, Tennessee 31)
Tennessee will face Mississippi State as its rotating opponent from the SEC West in 2019, its first meeting with the Bulldogs since 2012 and first meeting in Knoxville since 2008…After the 2019 season, Tennessee is not scheduled to face Mississippi State again until 2024 in Starkville.
Oct. 19 | at Alabama | Tuscaloosa, Ala.
All-Time Series Record: Alabama leads, 55-38-7 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
Last Meeting: 2017 (Alabama 45, Tennessee 7)
Tennessee will be looking for its first win in Tuscaloosa since 2003 – a 51-43 five-overtime triumph.
Oct. 26 | South Carolina | Knoxville, Tenn.
All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 25-9-2 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
Last Meeting: 2017 (South Carolina 15, Tennessee 9)
Every meeting between the Vols and Gamecocks since 2012 has been decided by six points or less.
Nov. 2 | UAB | Knoxville, Tenn.
All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 4-0
Last Meeting: 2010 (Tennessee 32, UAB 29; 2 OT)
Tennessee has hosted UAB three times since the 2005 season, more than the Vols have hosted any other non-conference team during that span…Tennessee was also scheduled to play the Blazers in Nashville to open the 2015 season, but UAB cancelling its program caused UT to find another opponent for that game.
Nov. 9 | at Kentucky | Lexington, Ky.
All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 79-25-9 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
Last Meeting: 2017 (Kentucky 29, Tennessee 26)
The Vols had back-to-back 50-point games against the Wildcats in 2014 (50-16) and 2015 (52-21), and nearly made it three in a row with a 49-36 win in 2016… The game in 2019 will mark the 115th meeting between UT and UK, dating back to 1893 – the most games Tennessee has played against any opponent all-time.
Nov. 23 | at Missouri | Columbia, Mo.
All-Time Series Record: Missouri leads, 4-2 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
Last Meeting: 2017 (Missouri 50, Tennessee 17)
2019 will be the first time that Tennessee has ever faced Missouri coming off of a bye week…Tennessee’s 63 points against Missouri in 2016 are the most the Vols have scored since 2009.
Nov. 30 | Vanderbilt | Knoxville, Tenn.
All-Time Series Record: Tennessee leads, 75-31-5 (as of Sept. 18, 2018)
Last Meeting: 2017 (Vanderbilt 42, Tennessee 24)
Tennessee has been playing Vanderbilt longer than any other opponent with the first matchup coming on Oct. 21, 1892…The 2019 game will be the 113th meeting in the series.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee will be heading to Jacksonville, Florida for the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, which will be played at TIAA Bank Field on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. ET.
The Volunteers will take on Big Ten foe Indiana in the 75th edition of the Gator Bowl.
“I want to thank TaxSlayer Gator Bowl President and CEO Rick Catlett and chairman Rich Thompson, and the committee and volunteers that work so hard to make the Gator Bowl so special each year,” Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. “The University of Tennessee is proud to be a part of its rich history, and we are very excited to bring this passionate fanbase and hungry football team to Jacksonville.”
The Volunteers will be making their 53rd bowl game appearance in program history, which ranks sixth among all college football programs. UT holds a 28-24 all-time record in bowl games.
The Big Orange enter the postseason as one of the hottest teams in college football after winning six of their last seven games, including their final five games of the regular season.
“We are extremely excited to be headed to the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl,” head coach Jeremy Pruitt said. “This is a credit to our players, our coaching staff, our support staff, our administration and our fans.
“The Gator Bowl has a rich history and we are honored to be a part of the 75th edition of the game. Jacksonville is a fantastic city and I know our fans will travel and support us. We’ve had a great second-half of the season, winning five straight, but we are not done yet.”
Tennessee’s most recent bowl appearance came in 2016 as the Vols defeated Nebraska, 38-24, in the Music City Bowl.
This will be UT’s seventh time playing in the Gator Bowl. The Vols are 4-2 in the previous six appearances, including a 45-28 victory over Iowa in 2015. That bowl appearance snapped a four-year postseason drought for the Vols and was the first of three straight bowl wins in consecutive seasons.
Quarterback Joshua Dobbs earned MVP honors after passing for 129 yards and a touchdown and rushing for another 76 yards and two scores to help lead the Vols to their first postseason victory since the 2008 Outback Bowl.
Tennessee’s other Gator Bowl trips came in 1994 (win vs. Virginia Tech), 1973 (loss vs. Texas Tech), 1969 (loss vs. Florida), 1966 (win vs. Syracuse) and 1957 (win vs. Texas A&M).
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2020 Football Schedule
SEP 5 (SAT) TBAKNOXVILLE, TENN.
SEP 12 (SAT) TBANORMAN, OKLA.
SEP 19 (SAT) TBAKNOXVILLE, TENN.
SEP 26 (SAT) TBAKNOXVILLE, TENN.
OCT 3 (SAT) TBAKNOXVILLE, TENN.
OCT 10 (SAT) TBACOLUMBIA, S.C.
OCT 24 (SAT) TBAKNOXVILLE, TENN.
OCT 31 (SAT) TBAFAYETTEVILLE, ARK.
NOV 7 (SAT) TBAKNOXVILLE, TENN.
NOV 14 (SAT) TBAATHENS, GA.
NOV 21 (SAT) TBAKNOXVILLE, TENN.
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