1940 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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1940 Tennessee Volunteers football
National champion (Dunkel, Williamson)
SEC champion
Sugar Bowl, L 13–19 vs. Boston College
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
AP No. 4
1940 record 10–1 (5–0 SEC)
Head coach Robert Neyland (14th season)
Base defense Single-wing
Home stadium Shields–Watkins Field
Seasons
← 1939
1941 →
1940 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Tennessee $ 5 0 0     10 1 0
No. 9 Mississippi State 4 0 1     10 0 1
Ole Miss 3 1 0     9 2 0
Alabama 4 2 0     7 2 0
Auburn 3 2 1     6 4 1
LSU 3 3 0     6 4 0
Georgia 2 3 1     5 4 1
Florida 2 3 0     5 5 0
Kentucky 1 2 2     5 3 2
Tulane 1 3 0     5 5 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 1     3 6 1
Georgia Tech 1 5 0     3 7 0
Sewanee 0 1 0     3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1940 Tennessee Volunteers represented the University of Tennessee in the 1940 season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Robert Neyland, in his fourteenth 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, 5–0 in the SEC), as SEC Champions and with a loss against Boston College in the 1941 Sugar Bowl.

This team won the school's second national championship after being recognized as national champion under the Williamson System, a power rating system created by Paul Williamson, a New Orleans geologist, and the Dunkel System, a power index system devised by Dick Dunkel, Sr.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 28 Mercer* Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 49–0  
October 5 Duke* Shields–Watkins Field • Knoxville, Tennessee W 13–0  
October 12 Chattanooga* Shields–Watkins Field • Knoxville, Tennessee W 55–0  
October 19 at Alabama No. 5 Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama (Third Saturday in October) W 27–12  
October 26 Florida No. 5 Shields–Watkins Field • Knoxville, Tennessee (Third Saturday in September) W 14–0  
November 2 LSUdagger No. 7 Shields–Watkins Field • Knoxville, Tennessee W 28–0  
November 9 at Southwestern* No. 5 Crump StadiumMemphis, Tennessee W 41–0  
November 16 Virginia* No. 5 Shields–Watkins Field • Knoxville, Tennessee W 41–14  
November 23 Kentucky No. 6 Shields–Watkins Field • Knoxville, Tennessee (Battle for the Barrel) W 33–0  
November 30 at Vanderbilt No. 6 Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee (Rivalry) W 20–0  
January 1, 1941 vs. No. 5 Boston College* No. 4 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans (Sugar Bowl) L 13–19  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. pp. 75, 77. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1940–49". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 12, 2012.