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
SEC co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 14–0 vs. USC
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
APNo. 2
1939 record10–1 (6–0 SEC)
Head coachRobert Neyland (13th season)
Offensive schemeSingle-wing
Base defenseMultiple
Home stadiumShields–Watkins Field
Seasons
← 1938
1940 →
1939 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
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
Mississippi State 3 2 0     8 2 0
Ole Miss 2 2 0     7 2 0
Kentucky 2 2 1     6 2 1
Auburn 3 3 1     5 5 1
Alabama 2 3 1     5 3 1
Georgia 1 3 0     5 6 0
LSU 1 5 0     4 5 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0     2 7 1
Florida 0 3 1     5 5 1
Sewanee 0 3 0     3 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
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.[1] Tennessee had two All-American performers that year: George Cafego, a single-wing halfback, and Ed Molinski, a guard.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 29at NC State*W 13–0
October 7SewaneeW 40–0
October 14at Chattanooga*W 28–0
October 21No. 8 Alabama No. 5
W 21–040,000
October 28Mercer*No. 1
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 17–0
November 4at No. 18 LSUNo. 1W 20–0
November 11The Citadel*No. 1
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 34–0
November 18VanderbiltNo. 1
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
W 13–0
November 30at KentuckyNo. 4W 19–0
December 9AuburnNo. 2
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
W 7–0
January 1vs. No. 3 USCNo. 2L 0–1492,200
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Scott, Richard (2008). SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. New York City: MVP Books. p. 50. ISBN 9780760332481. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1930–39". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 12, 2012.