KNOXVILLE – Tennessee has released its 2014 football schedule, and it includes the first matchup between Tennessee and Chattanooga since 1969. UT will host the Mocs in Knoxville on Oct. 11.
Tennessee and UTC met on a semi-regular basis between 1900 and 1969, with UT holding a 38-2-2* edge in the series. Chattanooga pulled out victories in 1905 and 1958.
Tennessee will also play Utah State (Aug. 30) for the first time in school history and will travel to Oklahoma (Sept. 13) for the first ever regular-season matchup between the Vols and Sooners.
Tennessee rounds out its out-of-conference schedule with Arkansas State (Sept. 6) and hosts SEC home games against Florida (Oct. 4), Alabama (Oct. 25), Kentucky (Nov. 15) and Missouri (Nov. 22). The Vols will play SEC road games at Georgia (Sept. 27), Ole Miss (Oct. 18), South Carolina (Nov. 1) and Vanderbilt (Nov. 29).
The conference opener at Georgia will be the first time the Vols have opened with an SEC opponent other than Florida since 2001. The Vols and Gators will meet in early October, approximately a month later than has been the recent custom.
The season will end with an opponent other than Kentucky for the first time since 2001 when the Vols travel to Nashville to face Vanderbilt.
In total, Tennessee is scheduled to face seven teams in 2014 that won 10 or more games in 2012 – Utah State, Arkansas State, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Alabama. Players, and in some cases coaches, will changes between those points, but it should be another tough test for the Vols in 2014.
Information regarding game times and television broadcast information is typically released two weeks before each individual game.
Tennessee’s complete 2014 schedule:
Aug. 30: Utah State
Sept. 6: Arkansas State
Sept. 13: at Oklahoma
Sept. 20: Open
Sept. 27: at Georgia
Oct. 4: Florida
Oct. 11: UTC
Oct. 18: at Ole Miss
Oct. 25: Alabama
Nov. 1: at South Carolina
Nov. 8: Open
Nov. 15: Kentucky
Nov. 22: Missouri
Nov. 29: at Vanderbilt
Link to the full SEC schedule for 2014.
* Note: Record includes matchups between Tennessee and UTC when UTC was known as Chattanooga University, Grant University and the University of Chattanooga.
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga