Vols future non-division foes announced

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced a 12-year rotation of non-division opponents for SEC football schedules through 2025.

Tennessee will play at Ole Miss in 2014, host Arkansas 2015 and play at Texas A&M for the first time in history in 2016.

Tennessee Non-Division Opponent Rotation
Year Opponent Last Meeting At Location
2014 at Ole Miss Nov. 14, 2009 (L, 17-42), Oxford
2015 Arkansas Nov. 10, 2007 (W, 34-13), Knoxville
2016 at Texas A&M First Meeting, College Station
2017 LSU Oct. 15, 2011 (L, 7-38), Knoxville
2018 at Auburn Sept. 27, 2008 (L, 12-14), Auburn
2019 Mississippi State Oct. 18, 2008 (W, 34-3), Knoxville
2020 at Arkansas Nov. 12, 2011 (L, 7-49), Fayetteville
2021 Ole Miss Nov. 13, 2010 (W, 52-14), Knoxville
2022 at LSU Oct. 2, 2010 (L, 14-16), Baton Rouge
2023 Texas A&M First Meeting, Knoxville
2024 at Mississippi State Oct. 13, 2012 (L, 31-41), Starkville
2025 Auburn Nov. 9, 2013 (L, 23-55), Knoxville

The athletic directors re-confirmed the rotation at their May meeting following the decision to continue playing an eight-game conference schedule, to include six games against division opponents and two games against non-division opponents. One of the non-division opponents will be a permanent annual opponent and the other non-division opponent will rotate each season.

Monday's announcement pertains to the rotating non-division opponents. The rotation begins with the 2014 season and concludes with the 2025 season. Schools will play all permanent opponents on a home and away basis beginning in 2014.

Schools will not play their non-divisional rotating opponents in back-to-back seasons to allow for schools to play all conference members on a more frequent basis. Also, the rotation of teams in the first six years of the 12-year cycle is not identical to the rotation in the second six years in order to maintain four home games and four road games per season for each school.


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