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1972 Tennessee Volunteers football
Bluebonnet Bowl Champions
Bluebonnet Bowl, W 24–17 vs. LSU
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 8
1972 record10–2 (4–2 SEC)
Head coachBill Battle
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7/4 Alabama 7 1 0     10 2 0
#5/7 Auburn 6 1 0     10 1 0
#11/10 LSU 4 1 1     9 2 1
#8/11 Tennessee 4 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia 4 3 0     7 4 0
Florida 3 3 1     5 5 1
Ole Miss 2 5 0     5 5 0
Kentucky 2 5 0     3 8 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1972 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1972 college football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Bill Battle, in his third year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of ten wins and two losses (10–2 overall, 4–2 in the SEC) and a victory over LSU in the 1972 Bluebonnet Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 297 points while the defense allowed 100 points.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 9* at Georgia Tech #15 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA ABC W 34–3   52,112
September 16* #6 Penn State #7 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN W 28–21   71,647
September 23* Wake Forest #5 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 45–6   66,266
September 29 at Auburn #4 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL L 6–10   69,483
October 7* at Memphis State #10 Memphis Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN W 38–7    
October 21 #3 Alabama #10 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) L 10–17   72,049
October 28* Hawaii #14 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 34–2    
November 4 at Georgia #13 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA W 14–0   60,086
November 18† Ole Miss #13 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 17–0   70,527
November 25 Kentucky #12 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel) W 17–7   64,836
December 2 at Vanderbilt #12 Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 30–10   34,000
December 30 vs. #10 LSU #11 Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX (1972 Bluebonnet Bowl) Mizlou W 24–17   52,961
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players drafted into in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Jamie Rotella Linebacker 3 62 Baltimore Colts
Conrad Graham Defensive Back 8 187 Chicago Bears
Carl Johnson Back 10 254 Dallas Cowboys
Richard Earl Tackle 11 265 Buffalo Bills

ReferencesEdit

General

Specific

  1. 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 124
  2. 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 101
  3. "1973 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1973/draft.htm?redir. Retrieved March 8, 2012.

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