A rare late-season meeting with Georgia highlights Tennessee’s football schedule for the 2020 season.
The Vols and Bulldogs traditionally have met in October or late September for nearly 50 years, but that will change next year when Tennessee visits Athens on Nov. 14. It will be the first time Tennessee and Georgia play in November since 1969 when coach Doug Dickey led the No. 3-ranked Vols to a 17-3 win over the No. 11 Bulldogs. It will be only the second November game between the teams since 1925. Tennessee will play seven of its 12 games at Neyland Stadium in 2020, including the season opener on Sept. 5 against Charlotte. The teams met for the first time last season when the Vols beat the 49ers 14-3 in Knoxville.
A marquee non-conference game follows on Sept. 12 when Tennessee visits Oklahoma. The Sooners lead the all-time series 3-1 and won the series’ last game in 2015. Oklahoma’s trip to Knoxville as part of a home-and-home series is scheduled for 2024.
The Vols return to Knoxville for a three-game homestand after that. They’ll play host to Furman on Sept. 19, to Florida on Sept. 26 and to Missouri on Oct. 3.
Tennessee last played Furman in 1941 and 1942.
Florida has won 13 of the last 14 games against Tennessee. The Vols’ only win since 2004 came in 2016 in Knoxville.
All seven of Tennessee’s previous meetings with Missouri occurred in November.
The Vols will visit South Carolina on Oct. 10. It is the teams’ earliest meeting since 2003. Each of their last four meetings have been decided by three points. Tennessee will get an open week to prepare for its annual Third Saturday in October meeting with Alabama on Oct. 24.
The Crimson Tide have won 12 in a row in the series and likely will be heavy favorites to extend that domination this season. In 2020, however, Tennessee could be in position to right the ship with a fifth-year senior quarterback in Jarrett Guarantano. Alabama, on the other hand, may be breaking in a new quarterback if Tua Tagovailoa leaves for the NFL after the 2019 season.
Tennessee will visit Arkansas on Oct. 31. It will be the Vols’ first game in Fayetteville since 2011. They have lost their last two games to the Razorbacks, with their last win coming in 2007. The Vols will open the regular season’s final month with a home game against Kentucky on Nov. 7. Tennessee has won 17 consecutive games against the Wildcats at Neyland Stadium, including last year’s 24-7 upset of the No. 11 Wildcats in Jeremy Pruitt’s first season as coach.
The meeting with Georgia follows that, and then the Vols play their final non-conference game when Troy visits Knoxville on Nov. 21. Tennessee amassed a school record 718 yards of total offense in a 55-48 win over the Trojans on 2012. It is the teams’ only meeting.
Tennessee closes the regular season with a road game against Vanderbilt. It will be the 114th meeting in the series, which dates back to 1892.