1940 Tennessee Volunteers football team
|1940 Tennessee Volunteers football|
National champion (Dunkel, Williamson)
|1940 record||10–1 (5–0 SEC)|
|Head coach||Robert Neyland (14th season)|
|Home stadium||Shields–Watkins Field|
|1940 SEC football standings|
|No. 4 Tennessee $||5||–||0||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|No. 9 Mississippi State||4||–||0||–||1||10||–||0||–||1|
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.
|September 28||Mercer*||Shields–Watkins Field • Knoxville, 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 Field • Birmingham, 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||LSU||No. 7||Shields–Watkins Field • Knoxville, Tennessee||W 28–0|
|November 9||at Southwestern*||No. 5||Crump Stadium • Memphis, 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 Field • Nashville, Tennessee (Rivalry)||W 20–0|
|January 1, 1941||vs. No. 5 Boston College*||No. 4||Tulane Stadium • New Orleans (Sugar Bowl)||L 13–19|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. pp. 75, 77. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
- "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1940–49". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 12, 2012.