Vols Release 2021 Football Schedule That Features 8 Home Games


(utsports.com) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Eight home contests, including visits from Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Georgia, make up the 2021 Tennessee football schedule as the Southeastern Conference unveiled the full fall slate on Wednesday.

The 2021 season will feature the centennial celebration of Neyland Stadium, Shield-Watkins Field, which opened in 1921. The Volunteers have produced a stellar 473-138-17 (.767) mark in Neyland Stadium since its inception. Tennessee and the SEC return to a 12-game regular season slate following a unique 2020 campaign that included 10 conference-only contests due to COVID-19.

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The Vols will open the Josh Heupel era with three consecutive home tilts beginning on Sept. 4 with Bowling Green, which makes its first appearance in Neyland Stadium. The two squared off in Nashville to open the 2015 campaign. The following week, ACC foe Pittsburgh visits Knoxville for the first time since 1983 on Sept. 11.

Other home non-conference games include Tennessee Tech on Sept. 18 and South Alabama on Nov. 20.

The SEC slate begins with back-to-back road games, including a Sept. 25 showdown at Florida and an Oct. 2 matchup at Missouri. Tennessee’s SEC home opener will be against South Carolina on Oct. 9, while Ole Miss visits Knoxville for the first time since 2010 a week later on Oct. 16. It will be just the third time since 2000 that the two teams face off in Neyland Stadium.

The Vols renew their rivalry with Alabama on Oct. 23, the fourth Saturday in October, before an open date on Oct. 30.

The month of November features three home games to close the season. Following a road game at Kentucky on Nov. 6, the Vols will host Georgia (Nov. 13), South Alabama (Nov. 20) and Vanderbilt (Nov. 27). The Nov. 13 showdown with Georgia is the latest the two teams have met on the calendar since Nov. 21, 1906.

In addition, Tennessee has announced three future non-conference games. The Vols will host UT Martin on Oct. 22, 2022, and in 2023, welcome Austin Peay (Sept. 9) and UTSA (Sept. 23) to Neyland Stadium.

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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.