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 year)|
|Home stadium||Shields-Watkins Field|
|1940 SEC football standings|
|#4 Tennessee $||5||–||0||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|#9 Mississippi State||4||–||0||–||1||10||–||0||–||1|
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, TN||W 49–0|
|October 5||Duke*||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 13–0|
|October 12||Chattanooga*||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 55–0|
|October 19||at Alabama||No. 5||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October)||W 27–12|
|October 26||Florida||No. 5||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in September)||W 14–0|
|November 2||LSU||No. 7||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 28–0|
|November 9||at Southwestern*||No. 5||Crump Stadium • Memphis, TN||W 41–0|
|November 16||Virginia*||No. 5||Shield-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 41–14|
|November 23||Kentucky||No. 6||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel)||W 33–0|
|November 30||at Vanderbilt||No. 6||Dudley Field • Nashville, TN (Rivalry)||W 20–0|
|January 1, 1941||vs. No. 4 Boston College*||No. 6||Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA (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.