1939 Tennessee Volunteers football team
The 1939 Tennessee Volunteers represented the University of Tennessee in the 1939 college football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Robert Neyland, in his 13th year, and played their home games at Shields–Watkins Field in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of ten wins and one loss (10–1 overall, 6–0 in the SEC), as SEC Champions and with a loss against USC in the 1940 Rose Bowl.
|1939 Tennessee Volunteers football|
|1939 record||10–1 (6–0 SEC)|
|Head coach||Robert Neyland (13th season)|
|Home stadium||Shields–Watkins Field|
|1939 Southeastern Conference football standings|
|No. 2 Tennessee +||6||–||0||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|No. 16 Georgia Tech +||6||–||0||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
|No. 5 Tulane +||5||–||0||–||0||8||–||1||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
Tennessee entered the season as defending national champions and coach Neyland led the team to their second of three consecutive undefeated regular seasons. The 1939 Vols were also the last team in NCAA history to go undefeated, untied, and unscored upon in the regular season. Tennessee had two All-American performers that year: George Cafego, a single-wing halfback, and Ed Molinski, a guard.
|September 29||at NC State*||W 13–0|
|October 7||Sewanee||W 40–0|
|October 14||at Chattanooga*||W 28–0|
|October 21||No. 8 Alabama||No. 5||W 21–0||40,000|
|October 28||Mercer*||No. 1||W 17–0|
|November 4||at No. 18 LSU||No. 1||W 20–0|
|November 11||The Citadel*||No. 1||W 34–0|
|November 18||Vanderbilt||No. 1||W 13–0|
|November 30||at Kentucky||No. 4||W 19–0|
|December 9||Auburn||No. 2||W 7–0|
|January 1||vs. No. 3 USC||No. 2||L 0–14||92,200|
- Scott, Richard (2008). SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. New York City: MVP Books. p. 50. ISBN 9780760332481. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
- "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1930–39". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 12, 2012.