Tennessee Football: Vols Outback Bowl History

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Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; A general view of Raymond James Stadium before a game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and LSU Tigers. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee football history includes three trips to Tampa for bowl games. Here is a look back at the Volunteers’ history with the Outback Bowl.


For a bowl game that has only been around since 1986, the Tennessee Vols have a unique history with the Outback Bowl.

To be fair, they have plenty of history going to Florida for bowl games in general, with the first bowl game in school history being at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Peyton Manning going to Florida for all four of his bowl games, and 19 of their 51 bowl games historically being in Florida.

The history with Florida has really come on since this bowl game was started, with the Vols making 11 trips to the state since 1993, including six straight from 1993 to 1998.

Of these trips to Florida, three were for the Outback Bowl in Tampa. The first was back when it was called the Hall of Fame Bowl, a name it held from 1986 to 1995.

They then went there back to back years in the 2000s.

As the Vols get set to face the Northwestern Wildcats in their fourth trip to the bowl game, they will be looking to improve upon their 2-1 record in the game. Before the game kicks off, we take a look here at their history with the game.

The last time Tennessee traveled to Tampa for the Outback Bowl was the last time the Vols had any solid finish to their football season.

It’s not a New Year’s Six game, and it wasn’t a BCS game, but behind the Citrus Bowl, it may be the next best consolation bowl game. After all, it is on New Year’s Day.

Here is a look at each of Tennessee’s previous experiences with the Outback Bowl.

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