|1939 Tennessee Volunteers football|
|1939 record||10–1 (6–0 SEC)|
|Head coach||Robert Neyland|
|Home stadium||Shields-Watkins Field|
|1939 SEC football standings|
|#2 Tennessee §||6||–||0||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|#16 Georgia Tech §||6||–||0||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
|#5 Tulane §||5||–||0||–||0||8||–||1||–||1|
|§ – Conference co-champions |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1939 Tennessee Volunteers (variously Tennessee, UT, or the Vols) represented the University of Tennessee in the 1939 college football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Robert Neyland, in his thirteenth 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, 6–0 in the SEC), as SEC Champions and with a loss against USC in the 1940 Rose Bowl.
Tennessee entered the season as defending national champions and coach Neyland led the team to their second of three consecutive undefeated regular seasons. The 1939 Vols were also the last team in NCAA history to go undefeated, untied and unscored upon in the regular season. Tennessee had two All-American performers that year: George Cafego, a single-wing halfback, and Ed Molinski, a guard.
|September 29*||at NC State||Riddick Stadium • Raleigh, NC||W 13–0|
|October 7||Sewanee||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 40–0|
|October 14*||at Chattanooga||Chamberlain Field • Chattanooga, TN||W 28–0|
|October 21†||#8 Alabama||#5||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October)||W 21–0|
|October 28*||Mercer||#1||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 17–0|
|November 4||at #18 LSU||#1||Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA||W 20–0|
|November 11*||The Citadel||#1||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 34–0|
|November 18||Vanderbilt||#1||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 13–0|
|November 30||at Kentucky||#4||McLean Stadium • Lexington, KY (Battle for the Barrel)||W 19–0|
|December 9||Auburn||#2||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 7–0|
|January 1, 1940||vs. #3 USC||#2||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl)||L 0–14|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
- ↑ Scott, Richard (2008). SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. New York City: MVP Books. p. 50. ISBN 9780760332481. http://books.google.com/books?id=cm1TZA6jCSgC&lpg=PP1&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
- ↑ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1930–39". University of Tennessee Athletics. http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/fball-history/1930-39.html. Retrieved March 12, 2012.