The Tennessee Volunteers have been playing college football for over 100 years and are annually one of the top programs in the SEC. The Vols first formed a football program in 1891, and won their first national title in 1938. Legendary head coach Robert Neyland led the Volunteers to 4 national titles and Phillip Fulmer added a title in 1998. Tennessee has a unique gameday which starts with the Vol Walk and is electrifying as the team runs across the checkerboard end zone and then through the block letter T onto the field. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Tennessee Volunteers football tickets.
2015 Tennessee Season Preview
Butch Jones first year in Knoxville was all about righting the ship. 2014 will look like a whole new beginning. The Volunteers will turn to a few key upperclassman to set the tone for a team that will undoubtedly play a number of its incredibly talented class of true freshman. Under center will be senior quarterback Justin Worley, who is quietly one of the most consistent play callers in the SEC East. Expect a heavy dose of senior running back Marlin Lane, and don’t be surprised if true freshman running back Jalen Hurd scores more than a few touch downs for Rocky Top. The defense will be centered on middle linebacker A.J. Johnson who finished both of the last two season with over 100 tackles. The young Volunteers will be tested in a week 3 trip to Norman to take on Oklahoma. The next week Tennessee will play in Athens against SEC nemesis Georgia. Expect the orange and white to be more than competitive in both of these games.
Check out our Tennessee Volunteers Season Preview History page for previews of previous Vols seasons.
Tennessee Volunteers Football at Neyland Stadium Address: 1235 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN 37916
The Vols play their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, which has a capacity of over 102,000, making it the largest stadium in the South. Watching a game at Neyland against Alabama Crimson Tide in a sea of orange and white might be the quintessential college football experience. The Tennessee Vol's home bench is on the Neyland Stadium sideline with sections R-W. Neyland Stadium parking information is covered in our Volunteers event guide.
One of the fiercest rivalries in all college football, Tennessee and Alabama battle in a game named the “Third Saturday in October”. These two state schools in neighboring states have played each other since 1901. These two programs both sport tremendous fan bases, so the passion in the crowd on game day is unsurpassed by other SEC rivalry games. Take the opportunity to see the Vols take on Bama, a truly unique experience in college football.
Tennessee vs. Florida
The rivalry between Tennessee and Florida was a result of them annually competing to represent the Eastern Division in the SEC Championship Game. It was turned up a notch when former Florida Head Coach Steve Spurrier poked fun at the Vols by saying, “You can’t spell Citrus without UT”.
Tennessee vs. Kentucky
The “Battle for the Barrel” has matched up these neighboring state rivals over 100 times on the gridiron. Tennessee has been the dominant program on the football field, while Kentucky remains the college basketball superpower.
Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt
A two and a half hour drive separates these two in-state rivals. The Vols won 22 straight between 1983 and 2004, but since then the two teams have exchanged victories.
Tennessee Volunteers in the BCS Championship, Bowl Games and SEC Championship
The Volunteers have accomplished more than most other football programs can dream about; the Vols have won a BCS Championship (1998), over 25 bowl games and a dozen SEC Championships. Tennessee is a top contender to play in the SEC Championship Game and a BCS bowl just about every season.
Tennessee Volunteers Event Guide
Where do I go to watch the Vol Walk?
The pregame Vol Walk starts at The Torchbearer in Circle Park on Volunteer Drive. The players walk down Peyton Manning Pass before turning on to Phillip Fulmer Way to walk into Neyland Stadium. Get there 2 to 2.5 hours early to see it.
Does my child need a ticket to attend a Tennessee Volunteers game?
Yes, all fans regardless of age must have a ticket.
Where are the best places to eat before a Volunteers game?
Calhoun’s on the River offers a great game day atmosphere and has some of the best ribs. Dead End BBQ is the best-known barbeque joint in Knoxville. There are other great restaurant options by Market Square or down off the Strip, like Cool Beans.
Who are the most famous football alumni for the Tennessee Vols?
Volunteers who had the biggest impact on the NFL include Reggie White, Peyton Manning, Bill Bates, Michael Munoz, Al Wilson, Jason Witten, and Alvin Harper.