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.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus