1st year, 6–2 (.750)
|Home stadium||Neyland Stadium|
|All-time record||73–45 (.619)|
|Postseason bowl record||2–6 (.250)|
|Claimed national titles||0|
Orange, White, and Smokey Gray
Down the Field (official)|
Rocky Top (unofficial)
The University of Tennessee Volunteers, coached by TazerMan, are a collegiate football team playing in SEC. The Volunteers play in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, and are a member of the East division.
- 1 History
- 2 All-time record vs. SEC opponents
- 3 Season-by-Season Records
- 4 Bowl History
- 5 Individual Award Winners
- 6 External Links
HaiThere era (2013-2014)
The Tennessee Volunteers began play in the 2013 CFBHC Season. The team began initially coachless, with SS Larry Reeves taking on the position of interim coach. They won their first game, then went through an extremely rough patch. After losing game after game, a change had to be made. In week 7, HaiThere took over the team. With a real coach at the forefront, the Volunteers turned their season around winning 5 straight to finish the season and achieving a bowl bid. There, they lost to Arizona State, but the future was on the up and up for the Vols.
The 2014 season was difficult for the Tennessee Volunteers as they had another year in which they faced off against top teams. The Vols finished 5-7 losing to Kentucky 14-13 in the last week to make them ineligible for a bowl game. However, the Vols did have success in recruiting, with coach HaiThere building a top 5 recruiting class. Unfortunately, due to the scandal that came to be known as "IP Gate", HaiThere was let go at the end of the season, and a search began for a new head coach.
LDYo era (2015-2016)
The 2015 season saw personnel changes at Tennessee, coach HaiThere had stepped down from the head coaching position and LDYo was hired to take over. The appointment was a slight shock as the Indiana coach had relatively little experience, however the new coach played many good opponents close in the 2014 season with the Hoosiers and was deemed a good candidate. LDYo quickly became a hit, as this Volunteer team played better than anyone had ever expected. The Vols went on to go 10-2, only losing to Florida and Kentucky. They also made their second ever bowl game appearance, a TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl defeat against Michigan. For the first time ever, Tennessee ended the season ranked. Most impressively of all, LDYo managed to lock down the #1 position on the nationwide recruiting rankings
In 2016, the Vols had a down year. LDYo's team struggled down the stretch against good SEC opponents, and a rivalry week loss to Vanderbilt knocked this squad out of bowl contention. Not only that, Tennessee ended with the #100 recruiting class in the nation, which was a severe let down after their former #1 rated class. At the end of the season, LDYo resigned from the position, and former Nevada head coach SageBow was brought in to be the third coach in the history of the Volunteers.
SageBow Era (2017-present)
Once again with a new head coach, the Tennessee Volunteers roared to life. SageBow led this team to 5 straight wins to enter the season, but received their first loss against Kentucky. Two major wins against #4 Missouri and #8 Florida rocketed the Volunteers to #8, their highest rank in several years. Unfortunately, two straight defeats to #7 Georgia and #13 Mississippi State sent the Volunteers back to earth. For the third time in this program's history, Tennessee was bowl eligible.
The Vols were highly regarded at the beginning of the season, but a slow first month left them at 2-2. Tennessee quickly bounced back to rattle off 3 straight away wins, but were downed in a shootout against Matty Swift and Texas A&M. With a possibility of them dropping out of the Coaches Poll looming over their minds, Tennessee rattled off 4 straight victories in the final month to seal the SEC East Title. From there, they played a hard fought game against #1 Alabama, a game they were unable to win. They would receive an invitation to the 2018 Citrus Bowl, but were defeated by the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The Vols began the season with a scintillating five game winning streak as they knocked off SEC East rivals Georgia and Kentucky on their way to tie their record high ranking, #6 in the nation. Against Auburn and the first start of freshman quarterback Marcus Black, the Vols faultered and were stunned in Jordan-Hare for their first loss of the season. They went on to win out the rest of their regular season games, claiming a SEC East Division title and an SEC Conference Championship against LSU.
The Vols were slotted in as the 4th seed of the playoffs and triumphed against Baylor in the Quarterfinals to set up a highly anticipated matchup against Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. There, the Volunteers were sorely beaten, knocking them out of championship contention. Still, this amounted to the best campaign the Volunteers have ever had, and looked to put them on a bright path going forward.
After three seasons of Julius Thomas, 2020 would be the first quarterback change in the Vols history under SageBow. Adrian Goldson performed well, but the Vols limped out to a 1-2 start, including a humiliating loss to [USF]. After a team meeting, the Vols rattled off 6 straight wins, including victories over Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The win was knocked out of this team's sails after Tucker Dowden and the Missouri Tigers beat the Vols in Columbia, then the Kentucky Wildcats stunned the Vols in Lexington after a poor performance from Goldson. The Vols ended the season with a big overtime victory against Vanderbilt, ending the season 2nd in the SEC East.
People were optimistic in Knoxville after a strong freshman year from Adrian Goldson, but the season didn't start in the best way with a loss in a 9-7 game against TCU. A loss to the Gators and then Maryland and Georgia were made worse by the weak play of Goldson, who was tasked with throwing the ball all around the yard, something he clearly wasn't up to. Alabama came next, and the Vol's turned things up a notch, winning 30-27. Shortly after this, long time coach SageBow stepped down, citing personal issues.
TazerMan Era (2021-present)
After SageBow stepped down, a search was started for a new coach to lead the Vol's to glory once again. TazerMan, who had coached Kent State to their first bowl and a 6-7 record and an 0-5 record in 2021, was hired. The team picked up, getting a comfortable win against FAU. This was followed by a shift to a more balanced offense, which payed dividends, as Tennessee went on to upset then #6 South Carolina and #2 Auburn, finishing the season at 7-5 and 5-3 in the SEC. This was followed by a close bowl loss to Notre Dame.
All-time record vs. SEC opponents
This is the Vols' football record against current Southeastern Conference opponents through the 2020 season.
|School||Total Games||W||L||T||Pct.||PF||PA||First Year||Last Year||Streak|
|13 Opponents||67||40||27||0||0.597||1505||1387||9 Seasons|
|Coach(es)||Year||Conference||Overall Record||Conference Record||Bowl||Final CP Ranking|
|Vacant||2013||SEC||1||6||0||2||Meineke Car Care Texas Bowl vs Arizona State (17–28)||-|
|LDYo||2015||10||3||5||2||TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl vs Michigan (14-23)||21|
|SageBow||2017||10||3||4||3||Weis Markets Bowl vs Pittsburgh (31-10)||15|
|2018||9||5||5||3||Citrus Bowl vs Minnesota (17-31)||20|
|2019||13||2||7||1||Quarterfinal vs Baylor (34-14)
Fiesta Bowl vs Penn State (13-35)
|2020||8||5||5||3||Citrus Bowl vs Michigan State (25-28)||-|
|2021||1||4||1||2||Music City Bowl vs Notre Dame (20-23)||-|
|Total Games: 118||73||45||40||27|
|National Champions||Conference Champions||Bowl game berth|
Tennessee has had seven bowl games in its history, posting a record of 2-5
|2013||Meineke Car Care Texas Bowl||Arizona State||L, 17–28|
|2015||TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl||Michigan||L, 14-23|
|2017||Weis Markets Bowl||Pittsburgh||W, 31-10|
|2018||Citrus Bowl||Minnesota||L, 17-31|
|2019||Semifinals||Penn State||L, 13-35|
|2020||Citrus Bowl||Michigan State||L, 25-28|
|2021||Music City Bowl||Notre Dame||L, 20-23|
|Total||8 Bowl Games||2-6||-|
Individual Award Winners