Tennessee Football Schedule 2016: 5 Keys For The Volunteers

    The 2016 Tennessee Volunteer football schedule is very, very favorable overall – there’s not a ton of travelling outside of the state – but there are a few big concerns along the way.

    February 12, 2016


    The 2016 Tennessee Volunteer football schedule is very, very favorable overall – there’s not a ton of travelling outside of the state – but there are a few big concerns along the way.


    2016 Tennessee Volunteers Football Schedule

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    2016 Tennessee Volunteers

    Sept. 3 Appalachian State
    Sept. 10 Virginia Tech (in Bristol)
    Sept. 17 Ohio
    Sept. 24 Florida
    Oct. 1 at Georgia
    Oct. 8 at Texas A&M
    Oct. 15 Alabama
    Oct. 22 OPEN DATE
    Oct. 29 at South Carolina
    Nov. 5 Tennessee Tech
    Nov. 12 Kentucky
    Nov. 19 Missouri
    Nov. 26 at Vanderbilt

    Non-Conference Games Appalachian State, Virginia Tech (in Bristol), Ohio, Tennessee Tech

    Games vs. the West at Texas A&M, Alabama

    5 Keys to the Schedule

    – It’s an interesting start for the Vols. Appalachian State is a dangerous enough team to make the home opener a good battle, and then comes the quirk playing Virginia Tech at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Follow that up with Ohio, and with Tennessee Tech late in the season, it’s not a bad non-conference slate.

    – It just sucks for Tennessee that Alabama is the permanent interdivisional foe. The Texas A&M game wouldn’t be all that awful if it wasn’t at College Station. At least the Crimson Tide have to come to Knoxville.

    – There’s a rough run of three road games in four right after the SEC opener against Florida. There’s a week off before facing South Carolina, but going to Georgia, Texas A&M, and Columbia is going to be tough wrapped around the Alabama game.

    – On the plus side, Tennessee doesn’t leave the state for all of September and all of November – the first four games and the last four. There are only three games outside of Tennessee.

    – WATCH OUT FOR … South Carolina. If everything goes according to plan, and if the Vols really are as good as they’re supposed to be, they should be able to rip through November against Tennessee Tech, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt. There’s a week off after Alabama, and then a trip to South Carolina before the November finishing kick. Beat the Gamecocks, and there should be a great run.

    2017 Non-Conference Games Georgia Tech (in Atlanta), Indiana State, Massachusetts, Southern Miss

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