Though the Vols have not yet begun their 2013 football campaign, their schedule for the 2014 season was announced Wednesday. The announcement was made shortly after the Southeastern Conference released its 2014 slate.
The Vols will open league play at Georgia on Sept. 27, the first time the Bulldogs have served as UT's SEC opener since 1995. UT opened SEC play vs. Georgia in four consecutive seasons from 1992-95.
For the first time since 2001, Florida will not be the first conference game on the Tennessee schedule. The Gators will serve as UT's conference home opener the following week, on Oct. 4, the latest meeting on the calendar between Florida and Tennessee since a rescheduled game on Dec. 1, 2001 at Florida. The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 15 that year, but was moved to the season-ending contest after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Prior to that 2001 meeting, the last time the Gators and Vols played outside of September was 1995.
Additionally, Tennessee will end the regular season with an opponent other than Kentucky for the first time since Florida in 2001, as the Vols will travel to Nashville for a Nov. 29 game at Vanderbilt. Tennessee is ending the season with the Commodores for the first time since a 28-26 Tennessee win at Nashville's LP Field (then known as Adelphia Coliseum) on Nov. 25, 2000. The Vols ended the season against the Commodores in 25 consecutive seasons from 1976-2000.
Other SEC home games include Alabama on Oct. 25, Kentucky on Nov. 15 and Missouri on Nov. 22, while Tennessee will travel to Ole Miss on Oct. 18 for the first time since 2009 and South Carolina on Nov. 1. The 2014 schedule has 14 playing weekends, giving the Vols two open weeks: Sept. 20 and Nov. 8.On the non-conference portion of the schedule, the Vols are adding some new opponents. They play Utah State (Aug. 30) for the first time in program history, as well as playing their first regular-season matchup against Oklahoma on Sept. 13 (The Vols and Sooners have played each other in the Orange Bowl twice).
The trip to Norman will be the Vols' first trip to the state of Oklahoma in the program's 122-year history. The Vols will also host Arkansas State on Sept. 6, a team they beat 48-27 in 2007 at Neyland Stadium. The final non-conference game in 2014 for UT will be in Knoxville, an Oct. 11 contest against UT-Chattanooga. The in-state matchup is the 42nd meeting in series history and the first since 1966.