On the heels of a historic 52-49 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide, Tennessee football takes the field Saturday as a top five team for the first time in 17 years. It’s perfect timing too, as it’ll be their homecoming game. The Vols are also 6-0 overall and 3-0 in SEC play, both a first time since 1998.
The Vols, No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the Coaches Poll, welcome the UT-Martin Skyhawks into town. It’s their first game against a non-Power Five opponent since Week 3, when they faced the Akron Zips, and their only game against an FCS foe. However, they still are facing a ranked team for the fourth straight game..
Led by 17th-year head coach Jason Simpson, UT-Martin comes into this game ranked No. 18 in the FCS STATS Poll and No. 14 in the FCS Coaches Poll. They are 4-2 and looking to repeat as Ohio Valley Conference Champions with a 3-0 league record.. Here is all the information you need for Tennessee football’s matchup.
Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks at Tennessee Volunteers
Saturday, Oct. 22 | Noon ET | Neyland Stadium | Knoxville, Tenn.
Gambling odds according to WynnBET
- Line: Tennessee -38
- Over/Under: 71
- Moneyline: N/A
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change
- TV: SEC Network
- Live stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: Vol Network; Skyhawk Radio Network;
- Satellite: SiriusXM (Ch. 137/190)
- Listen online: UTSports; UTMSports;
UT-Martin comes into this game off a bye. Their most recent outing was a 45-16 win over the Murray State Racers, and they are on a three-game winning streak. However, they lost 30-7 in their only other game against an FBS team, the Boise State Broncos.
Of course, the Vols are coming in with much greater expectations, as they SEC Championship and College Football Playoff are now in play after last weekend’s game. They’ll be looking to get this one over early so they can get a bit of a rest before a home stretch of five straight weeks facing teams in the SEC.
However, the Skyhawks may not be an easy out. They have an elite passing offense, averaging nearly 300 yards a game, and the Vols are giving up 332 yards a game through the air, third worst in the nation. As a result, they can’t take this game lightly if they want it over early.
Ever since facing FCS schools once a year dating back to 2010 (with the exception of 2020 due to COVID), the Vols have never failed to win by at least 26 points. They have won every game by at least 35 points except for 2011, and they have won their last three by at least 45 points.
Ironically, they began this annual tradition with their 2010 opener, which was the last and only time they ever faced UT-Martin. They won 50-0 in what was Derek Dooley’s debut. Last year, they beat the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 56-0.
Up next for Tennessee football will be two straight games against ranked opponents. They have a visit from the Kentucky Wildcats and then a trip to the Georgia Bulldogs. UT-Martin will next visit the Houston Christian Huskies.