Vols Add Auburn and Texas A&M to League Only 2020 Schedule


(utsports.com) KNOXVILLE – Tennessee’s 2020 football opponents have been finalized, including the addition of SEC Western Division foes Texas A&M (home) and Auburn (away), as the league unveiled the full slate of matchups on Friday evening.

The complete 2020 schedule with game dates will be announced at a later time. Last week, the SEC unveiled a Sept. 26 start date for a 10-game conference-only schedule as the league and its 14 members continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19.

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In addition to its six SEC Eastern Division matchups, the Vols’ 2020 slate will feature permanent SEC West opponent Alabama in Neyland Stadium and previously scheduled Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Texas A&M visits Neyland Stadium for the first time. Tennessee owns a 2-1 mark all-time against the Aggies, and it will be the first meeting between the two since 2016 in College Station.

For the second time in three seasons, the Vols will visit “The Plains” and take on Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Tennessee topped the then-21st-ranked Tigers, 30-24, in head coach Jeremy Pruitt‘s first season of 2018.

Tennessee, who is receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll, opens preseason camp on Monday, Aug. 17. The Vols enter 2020 with momentum having won their final six games of the 2019 campaign, including the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl to cap the year. Pruitt’s squad returns 16 starters and 51 letterwinners from a team that is currently tied for the second-longest winning streak in the Power Five.

The Sept. 26 start date is the first time Tennessee will open a season against an SEC team since facing Georgia on Sept. 3, 1988.

2020 Tennessee Football Opponents (dates TBD at a later time)

Texas A&M

South Carolina

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.