May 19, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced a 12-year rotation of non-division opponents for SEC football schedules through 2025.
Tennessee will play at Ole Miss in 2014, host Arkansas 2015 and play at Texas A&M for the first time in history in 2016.
|Tennessee Non-Division Opponent Rotation|
|Year||Opponent||Last Meeting At Location|
|2014||at Ole Miss||Nov. 14, 2009 (L, 17-42), Oxford|
|2015||Arkansas||Nov. 10, 2007 (W, 34-13), Knoxville|
|2016||at Texas A&M||First Meeting, College Station|
|2017||LSU||Oct. 15, 2011 (L, 7-38), Knoxville|
|2018||at Auburn||Sept. 27, 2008 (L, 12-14), Auburn|
|2019||Mississippi State||Oct. 18, 2008 (W, 34-3), Knoxville|
|2020||at Arkansas||Nov. 12, 2011 (L, 7-49), Fayetteville|
|2021||Ole Miss||Nov. 13, 2010 (W, 52-14), Knoxville|
|2022||at LSU||Oct. 2, 2010 (L, 14-16), Baton Rouge|
|2023||Texas A&M||First Meeting, Knoxville|
|2024||at Mississippi State||Oct. 13, 2012 (L, 31-41), Starkville|
|2025||Auburn||Nov. 9, 2013 (L, 23-55), Knoxville|
The athletic directors re-confirmed the rotation at their May meeting following the decision to continue playing an eight-game conference schedule, to include six games against division opponents and two games against non-division opponents. One of the non-division opponents will be a permanent annual opponent and the other non-division opponent will rotate each season.
Monday's announcement pertains to the rotating non-division opponents. The rotation begins with the 2014 season and concludes with the 2025 season. Schools will play all permanent opponents on a home and away basis beginning in 2014.
Schools will not play their non-divisional rotating opponents in back-to-back seasons to allow for schools to play all conference members on a more frequent basis. Also, the rotation of teams in the first six years of the 12-year cycle is not identical to the rotation in the second six years in order to maintain four home games and four road games per season for each school.