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1939 Tennessee Volunteers football
SEC Champions
Rose Bowl, L 14-0 vs. USC
Conference Southeastern Conference
AP #2
1939 record 10-1 (6-0 SEC)
Head coach Robert Neyland
Offensive scheme Single-wing
Base defense Multiple

Home stadium

Shields-Watkins Field
« 1938 1940 »

The 1939 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1939 college football season. Tennessee began the season as defending national championships and were ranked #5 in the country. Head coach Robert Neyland led the team to their second of three consecutive undefeated regular seasons, but the Volunteers's 23-game winning streak came to an end in the Rose Bowl with a 14-0 loss to the USC Trojans. The 1939 Vols were the last team in NCAA history to go undefeated, untied, and unscored upon in the regular season. Tennessee had two All-American performers that year: George Cafego, a single-wing halfback, and Ed Molinski, a guard.


Date Opponent Result Score Notes
September 29 @ North Carolina State W 13 0
October 7 vs. *Sewanee W 40 0
October 14 @ Chattanooga W 28 0
October 21 vs *Alabama W 21 0
October 28 vs. Mercer W 17 0
November 4 @ *LSU W 20 0
November 11 vs. The Citadel W 34 0
November 18 vs. *Vanderbilt W 13 0
November 30 @ *Kentucky W 19 0
December 9 vs. *Auburn W 7 0
January 1^ vs. USC L 0 14 @ Pasadena, CARose Bowl
*Conference Game • ^Played in 1940


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