Tennessee football has another big regular season neutral site game to open 2018. Here are five memorable such games the Volunteers have played in the past.
For the third time in three years, Tennessee football will be playing a regular season game at what is technically deemed a neutral site. The Vols are not new to such games. They have gone to so many bowl games over the years that it’s commonplace with the program.
On top of that, they had a history of playing schools at other stadiums that were technically road or home games. For instance, many of their “road games” against either of the Mississippi schools would be in Memphis. They have played road games against the Alabama schools in Birmingham.
And even in non-conference games, the Vols have faced teams across the state. They’ve opened the season against teams like the Bowling Green Falcons and Wyoming Cowboys in Nashville. Technically, Wyoming was a “neutral site” game.
Anyway, Tennessee football has a history of being creative with these outings. And often times, they have come out successful in them. Saturday is not likely to be one of those times, as the Vols are underdogs to the No. 17 West Virginia Mountaineers.
But a win would do wonders for Jeremy Pruitt. And there have been thrilling games in the past such as these to put Rocky Top back on the map. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of those memorable match-ups.
To make this list, a game has to be considered an actual neutral site game, not one played in a neutral stadium. Also, the Vols have to have won the game. We say that because the Pigskin Classic of 1990 ended in a 31-31 tie against the eventual national champion Colorado Buffaloes. That was a thriller to give UT respect that year. But you can’t prop up a tie.
Should Pruitt and co. win Saturday, this will definitely make its way onto the list. But until then, we have to talk about other games that became thrilling victories. So let’s take a look at them. These are the five memorable neutral site regular season games for Tennessee football.