1939 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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1939 Tennessee Volunteers football
SEC Champions
Rose Bowl, L 14–0 vs. USC
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
AP #2
1939 record 10–1 (6–0 SEC)
Head coach Robert Neyland
Offensive scheme Single-wing
Base defense Multiple
Home stadium Shields-Watkins Field
Seasons
« 1938 1940 »
1939 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Tennessee § 6 0 0     10 1 0
#16 Georgia Tech § 6 0 0     8 2 0
#5 Tulane § 5 0 0     8 1 1
Mississippi State 3 2 0     8 2 0
Ole Miss 2 2 0     7 2 0
Kentucky 2 2 1     6 2 1
Auburn 3 3 1     5 5 1
Alabama 2 3 1     5 3 1
Georgia 1 3 0     5 6 0
LSU 1 5 0     4 5 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0     2 7 1
Florida 0 3 1     5 5 1
Sewanee 0 3 0     3 5 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1939 Tennessee Volunteers represented the University of Tennessee in the 1939 season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Robert Neyland, in his thirteenth year, and played their home games at Shields-Watkins Field in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of ten wins and one loss (10–1 overall, 6–0 in the SEC), as SEC Champions and with a loss against USC in the 1940 Rose Bowl.

Tennessee entered the season as defending national champions and coach Neyland led the team to their second of three consecutive undefeated regular seasons. The 1939 Vols were also the last team in NCAA history to go undefeated, untied, and unscored upon in the regular season.[1] Tennessee had two All-American performers that year: George Cafego, a single-wing halfback, and Ed Molinski, a guard.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 29, 1939 at NC State* Riddick StadiumRaleigh, NC W 13–0    
October 7, 1939 Sewanee Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, TN W 40–0    
October 14, 1939 at Chattanooga* Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN W 28–0    
October 21, 1939 #8 Alabamadagger #5 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) W 21–0    
October 28, 1939 Mercer* #1 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 17–0    
November 4, 1939 at #18 LSU #1 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA W 20–0    
November 11, 1939 The Citadel* #1 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 34–0    
November 18, 1939 Vanderbilt #1 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Rivalry) W 13–0    
November 30, 1939 at Kentucky #4 McLean StadiumLexington, KY (Battle for the Barrel) W 19–0    
December 9, 1939 Auburn #2 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 7–0    
January 1, 1940 vs. #3 USC #2 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) L 0–14    
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
  • Reference:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Richard (2008). SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. New York City: MVP Books. p. 50. ISBN 9780760332481. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1930–39". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 

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