Ranking Tennessee football’s 10 wins with College GameDay in attendance

14 Oct 1995: TENNESSEE WIDE RECERIVER MARCUS NASH SCORES HIS SECOND TOUCHDOWN AGAINST ALABAMA DURING THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE VOLUNTEERS 41-14 VICTORY OVER THE CRIMSON TIDE AT LEGION FIELD IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA.
14 Oct 1995: TENNESSEE WIDE RECERIVER MARCUS NASH SCORES HIS SECOND TOUCHDOWN AGAINST ALABAMA DURING THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE VOLUNTEERS 41-14 VICTORY OVER THE CRIMSON TIDE AT LEGION FIELD IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. /
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Tennessee’s Corey Terry (22) and Eric Westmoreland (42, under pile) take down Florida State’s Travis Minor (23) in the fourth quarter of the Fiesta Bowl national championship game Jan. 4, 1999.636688041982102763-98champs.14.MP.JPG
Tennessee’s Corey Terry (22) and Eric Westmoreland (42, under pile) take down Florida State’s Travis Minor (23) in the fourth quarter of the Fiesta Bowl national championship game Jan. 4, 1999.636688041982102763-98champs.14.MP.JPG /

804. 23. 839. Final. 16

Jan. 4, 1999

While the Lee Corso and College GameDay hate for Tennessee football carried throughout the late 1990s and into the early 2000s, this game was arguably the peak of that. However, the game was actually the peak of national media’s hatred of the Vols in general. That much was clear.

It was the national championship game. UT had gone 12-0, winning the SEC Championship, against the toughest schedule in the nation. The Florida State Seminoles were 11-1 with a 24-7 loss to the N.C. State Wildcats, one that wasn’t even close.

FSU backed into the national title game after upsets over the Kansas State Wildcats and UCLA Bruins in the final weekend of the season in early December. The aura of Bobby Bowden had everybody picking them, and Lee Corso, an FSU grad, followed suit. Just like Georgia that year, the Vols were higher-ranked but underdogs in the eyes of Vegas and Corso.

Well, we all know what happened. In an ugly affair, UT won 23-16, easily the greatest win in program history. A story within the story of how they shut up the national media was Peerless Price having 199 yards receiving and a touchdown despite all the pregame talk being on FSU receiver Peter Warrick.

Dwayne Goodrich guarded Warrick one-on-one, held him to just one catch for four yards and came away with a pick-six in the game. Detractors have said UT got lucky because Chris Weinke was injured, so Marcus Outzen got the start for FSU at quarterback in that game.

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However, everybody picked FSU knowing Outzen would start. Tennessee football was without Jamal Lewis. Finally, FSU lost to N.C. State with Weinke but had its best win of the year, over Florida, with Outzen. As a result, that take doesn’t hold water. UT shut up national media with this win and in particular the GameDay crew.