published Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Tennessee's time to make the play

This photo provided by the University of Tennessee shows 102,000-seat Neyland Stadium in Knoxville taken Sept. 11, 2003. Tennessee announced Tuesday July 24, 2007 that a smoking ban will be imposed throughout the stadium beginning this fall to comply with a new state law banning most workplace smoking, including restaurants and outdoor arenas. Neyland is the third-largest college football venue in the country and will be the fifth stadium in the Southeastern Conference to go smokeless. (AP Photo/University of Tennessee)
This photo provided by the University of Tennessee shows 102,000-seat Neyland Stadium in Knoxville taken Sept. 11, 2003. Tennessee announced Tuesday July 24, 2007 that a smoking ban will be imposed throughout the stadium beginning this fall to comply with a new state law banning most workplace smoking, including restaurants and outdoor arenas. Neyland is the third-largest college football venue in the country and will be the fifth stadium in the Southeastern Conference to go smokeless. (AP Photo/University of Tennessee)
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Sept. 3 Montana

6 p.m., Neyland Stadium, Knoxville

TV/Radio: Pay-per-view/106.5 FM

Series record: First meeting

Last meeting: The Vols opened up last season against a Football Championship Subdivision school and hammered UT Martin 50-0. Montana is a perennial contender at the FCS, but the Grizzlies went 7-4 last year and saw their 17-year string of playoff appearances and 12-year run of Big Sky Conference titles end.

Sept. 10 Cincinnati

3:30 p.m., Neyland Stadium, Knoxville

TV/Radio: ESPN2/106.5 FM

Series record: UT leads 4-1

Last meeting: The Vols blanked Cincinnati 40-0 in Knoxville in 1992. The Bearcats went 4-8 in their first season under Butch Jones, who replaced Brian Kelly after he left for Notre Dame. Cincinnati won the Big East and went to the Sugar Bowl in Kelly’s final year.

Sept. 17 Florida

3:30 p.m., Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.

TV/Radio: WDEF/106.5 FM

Series record: UF leads 21-19

Last meeting: Tied at 10 midway through the third quarter, Florida scored consecutive touchdowns after a successful fake punt call and a conversion of a Matt Simms interception. The Gators held a 150-29 edge on the ground, sacked Simms six times and held the ball for nearly 37 minutes. The Vols have lost six in a row in the series and haven’t won in Gainesville since 2003.

Oct. 1 Buffalo

TBA, Neyland Stadium, Knoxville

TV/Radio: TBA/106.5 FM

Series record: First meeting

Last meeting: The Vols added Buffalo to the schedule after buying out of a home-and-home series with North Carolina last August. The Bulls, out of the Mid-American Conference, return 12 starters from a team that went 2-10 last season with wins over Rhode Island and Bowling Green and ranked last in the country offensively (14.2 points per game).

Oct. 8 Georgia

TBA, Neyland Stadium, Knoxville

TV/Radio: TBA/106.5 FM

Series record: UT leads 21-17-2

Last meeting: Still reeling from the heartbreaking loss to LSU, the Vols were a no-show in Athens, trailing 17-0 after one quarter and 27-7 at halftime to a Georgia team that was 1-4. The Vols had just nine yards rushing, but quarterback Tyler Bray saw his first significant action and Justin Hunter had 110 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Oct. 15 LSU

TBA, Neyland Stadium, Knoxville

TV/Radio: TBA/106.5 FM

Series record: UT leads 20-8-3

Last meeting: UT appeared to have first-year coach Derek Dooley’s first signature win when the clock ran out on the Tigers after poor clock management and a misfired snap. But the Vols were penalized for having 13 men on the field, and LSU scored on the extra play for a 16-14 win. The last four games in the series have been decided by a total of 16 points, and LSU has won the last three after the Vols’ memorable rally in Baton Rouge in 2005.

Oct. 22 Alabama

TBA, Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

TV/Radio: TBA/106.5 FM

Series record: Alabama leads 47-38-7

Last meeting: The Crimson Tide led just 13-10 at halftime before ripping off 28 unanswered, including 21 in the third quarter, for their fourth consecutive win in the series. Thanks to a 59-yard touchdown run, Tauren Poole became the first player to break 100 yards rushing against Alabama since 2007. The Vols had a chance to upset top-ranked Alabama in their last trip to Tuscaloosa, but mammoth defensive tackle Terrance Cody blocked Daniel Lincoln’s potential game-winning field goal as time expired to preserve a 12-10 win.

Oct. 29 South Carolina

TBA, Neyland Stadium, Knoxville

TV/Radio: TBA/106.5 FM

Series record: UT leads 22-5-2

Last meeting: After tossing an interception Devin Taylor returned for a touchdown, Bray led a rally that tied the game at 24 early in the fourth quarter. But South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery caught a pass over the middle and ran untouched for a 70-yard score that the Vols couldn’t overcome. Marcus Lattimore had 187 yards on 29 carries for the SEC East Division champion Gamecocks.

Nov. 5 Middle Tennessee State

TBA, Neyland Stadium, Knoxville

TV/Radio: TBA/106.5 FM

Series record: UT leads 1-0

Last meeting: The Vols recorded an ugly 26-3 win in the schools’ only meeting in 2002. The Blue Raiders, who went 6-7 in 2010 and lost to Miami (Ohio) in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, have three of the Sun Belt Conference’s four wins against the SEC since 2000, though all three victories were over Vanderbilt.

Nov. 12 Arkansas

TBA, Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.

TV/Radio: TBA/106.5 FM

Series record: UT leads 13-3

Last meeting: The Vols shut down the Hogs’ all-NFL backfield of Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis (123 yards on 26 carries) in 34-13 romp in 2007. UT was crushed, however, in its last visit to Arkansas in 2006, when starting quarterback Erik Ainge missed the game due to injury. UT will face third-year Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino for the first time.

Nov. 19 Vanderbilt

TBA, Neyland Stadium, Knoxville

TV/Radio: TBA/106.5 FM

Series record: UT leads 72-27-5

Last meeting: Poole raced in from 28 yards out with 1:11 remaining to cap the Vols’ 24-10 win in Nashville. Bray tossed his first two interceptions as a starter, and UT had Gerald Williams’ interception return for a score wiped out by Malik Jackson’s roughing-the-passer penalty. UT has won 27 of 28 in the series.

Nov. 26 Kentucky

TBA, Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky.

TV/Radio: TBA/106.5 FM

Series record: UT leads 74-23-9

Last meeting: UT extended its win streak, the longest over one team in the country, to 26 games with a 24-14 win to clinch a bowl bid. Kentucky tailback Derrick Locke fumbled into the end zone with the Wildcats on the verge of a 14-0 first-quarter lead, and the Vols scored the game’s final 10 points. The Vols have needed four and one overtimes, respectively, to win their last two tips to Lexington.

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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