Tennessee’s 2014 football schedule: A closer look

Butch Jones

Butch Jones talks to special teams players during practice on Aug. 16, 2013, at Haslam Field.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee’s 2014 football schedule may be a tad easier than this year’s slate, but that’s only by the cutthroat standards of the SEC.

The Vols now have Florida and Alabama at home, not on the road.

A trip to Oregon is replaced by a trip to Oklahoma.

The full schedule was released Wednesday by UT and the league office.

Here’s a closer look:

Aug. 30: Utah State, Neyland Stadium

Series: 0-0.

Last meeting: Never played.

Notable: Former Vol defensive back Daniel Gray transferred to Utah State this summer.

Sept. 6: Arkansas State, Neyland Stadium

Series: 1-0.

Last meeting: Vols won 48-27 in Knoxville in 2007.

Notable: The Vols play two SEC opponents this year — Auburn and Missouri.

Sept. 13: at Oklahoma, Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.

Series: 1-1.

Last meeting: The Sooners beat Tennessee 26-24 in the Orange Bowl after the 1967 season.

Notable: Both meetings between the teams were in the Orange Bowl, and the Vols claim national titles in both years.

Sept. 20: Open

Sept. 27: at Georgia, Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

Series: 21-19-2.

Last meeting: The Bulldogs beat UT 51-44 in 2012 in Athens. The teams meet at Neyland Stadium this year.

Notable: The teams have met annually since the SEC expanded in 1992. The Bulldogs have won three in a row and four of the last five.

Tennessee and Florida met in 2012 in Knoxville (Knoxville News Sentinel photo)

Oct. 4: Florida, Neyland Stadium

Series: 19-22.

Last meeting: Florida beat UT 37-20 in 2012 at Knoxville. The teams meet in Gainesville this year.

Notable: The Gators have an eight-game winning streak in the series.

Oct. 11: UTC, Neyland Stadium

Series: 37-2-2.

Last meeting: The Vols beat the Mocs 28-10 in Knoxville in 1969.

Notable: Chattanooga’s two wins in the series came in 1905 and 1958.

Oct. 18: at Ole Miss, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium

Series: 44-19-1.

Last meeting: The Vols beat the Rebels 52-14 in 2010 in Knoxville.

Notable: Tennessee has played in Oxford only four times, most recently in 2009. The Rebels won that game 42-17.

Oct. 25: Alabama, Neyland Stadium

Series: 38-50-7.

Last meeting: Alabama won 44-13 in 2012 in Knoxville. The teams meet in Tuscaloosa this year.

Notable: Alabama has won six games in a row in the series. Tennessee had a seven-game winning streak from 1995-2001.

Nov. 1: at South Carolina, Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.

Series: 22-7-2.

Last meeting: The Gamecocks beat UT 38-35 in Columbia in 2012. The teams meet in Knoxville this season.

Notable: The Vols won 14 of 15 games from 1993 to 2007, but has lost four of the last five meetings since.

Nov. 8: Open

Nov. 15: Kentucky, Neyland Stadium

Series: 75-24-9.

Last meeting: Tennessee beat UK 37-17 in 2012 in Knoxville. The teams meet in Lexington this year.

Notable: Kentucky snapped the Vols’ 26-game winning streak in the series in 2011. This will be the first time since 2001 that UT has ended the season against someone other than Kentucky.

Nov. 22: Missouri, Neyland Stadium

Series: 0-1.

Last meeting: The Tigers won a four-overtime contest in 2012 in Knoxville. The teams meet in Columbia this year.

Notable: Missouri and Tennessee entered last year’s game tied for the NCAA lead with 10 all-time overtime victories each.

Nov. 29: at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt Stadium, Dudley Field, Nashville, Tenn.

Series: 73-28-5.

Last meeting: Vandy beat UT 41-18 in Nashville in 2012. The teams meet in Knoxville this year.

Notable: Tennessee closed the season with Vanderbilt every year from 1975 to 2001.