9 Teams Tennessee Has Shockingly Never Defeated

By David Hayes
The Tennessee Volunteers football team has surprisingly never defeated any of these nine teams in program history.
The Tennessee Volunteers football team has surprisingly never defeated any of these nine teams in program history. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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The Tennessee Volunteers have some of the richest history in college football, and you don't get a seat at that kind of table without earning it over sustained periods of success against a wide variety of opponents.

With countless player and coaching talents passing through Knoxville for more than a century, one would think the Vols have pulled at least one over each of their opponents somewhere down the line. Keeping that in mind, here's a look at the full list of FBS opponents Tennessee has surprisingly never beaten.

Teams Tennessee Has Never Beaten

*Note: All opponents included below are limited to current FBS programs that have played Tennessee at least once.

9. Colorado Buffaloes

Colorado Buffaloes football team's helmet.
Colorado Buffaloes football team's helmet. / William Mancebo/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (0-0-1)
Most Recent Meeting: Aug. 26, 1990
Final Score: Colorado 31 | Tennessee 31 – (Tie)

8. BYU Cougars

BYU Cougars football team's helmet.
BYU Cougars football team's helmet. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (0-1-0)
Most Recent Meeting: Sept. 7, 2019
Final Score: BYU 29 | Tennessee 26

7. West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia Mountaineers football team's helmet.
West Virginia Mountaineers football team's helmet. / Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (0-1-0)
Most Recent Meeting: Sept. 1, 2018
Final Score: West Virginia 40 | Tennessee 14

6. Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State Wildcats football team's helmet.
Kansas State Wildcats football team's helmet. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (0-1-0)
Most Recent Meeting: Jan. 1, 2001 (Cotton Bowl)
Final Score: Kansas State 35 | Tennessee 21

5. Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue Boilermakers football team's helmet.
Purdue Boilermakers football team's helmet. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (0-1-0)
Most Recent Meeting: Dec. 31, 1979 (Bluebonnet Bowl)
Final Score: Purdue 27 | Tennessee 22

4. Baylor Bears

Baylor Bears football team's helmet.
Baylor Bears football team's helmet. / Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (0-1-0)
Most Recent Meeting: Jan. 1, 1957 (Sugar Bowl)
Final Score: Baylor 13 | Tennessee 7

3. Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks football team's helmet.
Oregon Ducks football team's helmet. / Steve Dykes/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (0-2-0)
Most Recent Meeting: Sept. 14, 2013
Final Score: Oregon 59 | Tennessee 14

2. Pittsburgh Panthers

Pitt Panthers football team's helmet.
Pitt Panthers football team's helmet. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (0-2-0)
Most Recent Meeting: Sept. 3, 1983
Final Score: Pitt 13 | Tennessee 3

1. USC Trojans

USC Trojans football team's helmet.
USC Trojans football team's helmet. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (0-4-0)
Most Recent Meeting: Sept. 12, 1981
Final Score: USC 43 | Tennessee 7


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