Tennessee’s football program had one last spot to fill for their non-conference schedule for the 2020 football season, and they’ve added a recent foe to fill that void.
Tennessee announced on Thursday that the Vols will host the Troy Trojans on November 21, 2020 for their fourth and final non-conference game of the 2020 season. The Vols will also host Charlotte (Sep. 5) and Furman (Sep. 19) and will travel to Norman, Oklahoma to take on the Sooners on September 12th.
The Vols and Trojans have only played once previously in football, and it’s one of the more infamous games in recent UT football history.
The Derek Dooley-led Vols out-gunned Troy 55-48 on November 3rd during the 2012 season, and the Trojans looked primed for a major upset during the match-up. The two teams combined for the most yards in a single game in SEC history, totaling 1,439 yards between the two teams. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray set a school record with 530 passing yards in the game and tossed five touchdowns, and Troy racked up 721 yards of offense. At the time, that was the most yards Tennessee had allowed in a single game in school history. Missouri has since passed that when they totaled 740 yards of offense in their 63-37 loss to the Vols in 2016.
Troy has been a force in the Sun Belt the last three seasons, as they’ve won at least 10 games for three-straight years. Last season, the Trojans went 10-3 overall and most notably defeated Nebraska 24-19 on September 15th. Their only losses were to No. 22 Boise State, Liberty, and Appalachian State.
Neal Brown had been Troy’s head coach the last four seasons, but he accepted the head coaching position at West Virginia this offseason. Troy is now led by Chip Lindsey, the former offensive coordinator at Auburn the last two seasons.
Tennessee’s complete 2020 football schedule has not been released yet, but it’s expected to be announced later in 2019.