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1939 Tennessee Volunteers football
SEC Champions
Rose Bowl, L 14–0 vs. USC
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
APNo. 2
1939 record10–1 (6–0 SEC)
Head coachRobert Neyland
Offensive schemeSingle-wing
Base defenseMultiple
Home stadiumShields-Watkins Field
Seasons
← 1938
1940 →
1939 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#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
Mississippi State 3 2 0     8 2 0
Ole Miss 2 2 0     7 2 0
Kentucky 2 2 1     6 2 1
Auburn 3 3 1     5 5 1
Alabama 2 3 1     5 3 1
Georgia 1 3 0     5 6 0
LSU 1 5 0     4 5 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0     2 7 1
Florida 0 3 1     5 5 1
Sewanee 0 3 0     3 5 0
§ – 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.[1] Tennessee had two All-American performers that year: George Cafego, a single-wing halfback, and Ed Molinski, a guard.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 29* at NC State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, NC W 13–0    
October 7 Sewanee Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, TN W 40–0    
October 14* at Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, 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 StadiumBaton 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 StadiumLexington, 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 BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) L 0–14    
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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