Where Does Tennessee Football Rank in All-Time Win Percentage?

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    (Image via the Knoxville News Sentinel)

    The Tennessee Volunteers have always had a storied football program dating back to the days of General Neyland, Condredge Holloway, Peyton Manning, and many more. But they have also had some down moments in recent years to go along with all the good times.

    So where exactly does Tennessee football land in the all-time rankings? Glad you asked.

    The Tennessee Volunteers have a .671 win percentage, which is ranked as the 10th highest win percentage in college football history (with a minimum of 500 wins).

    So yes, Tennessee football does still rank in the Top 10 all-time, even with the trouble of the 2000’s still underway to an extent.

    It is also worth noting that the Tennessee Volunteers still hold the second-best winning percentage among all SEC teams as well. Tennessee is only ranked behind SEC West rival Alabama.

    The Top 10

    The full Top 10 list, which was posted to Twitter by GM of College Football, listed all the teams in order that have a minimum of 500 wins.

    Tennessee Football

    (Image via @GMofCFB on Twitter)

    Ohio State leads the way with a .730 all-time winning percentage. Alabama is next at .729, then comes Notre Dame at .728.

    Michigan is ranked in the fourth spot at .727, which is only a fraction higher than Oklahoma at .726.

    Texas is ranked sixth at .704 and is the final team on the list to have above 70 percent. USC, Penn State, and Nebraska come in at No. 7, No. 8, and No. 9. Each of them has a win percentage of .699, .688, and .688 respectively.

    The Tennessee Volunteers round out the list at No. 10.

    The Brief History of Tennessee Football

    The best season in Tennessee football history was their 1998 season, when the Vols achieved a perfect record. Tennessee went 13-0 and won the 1998 National Championship in the process.

    Not only that, the 90’s were Tennessee’s best decade as a whole.

    Tennessee Football Win Percentage

    With the exception of the 90’s and the 2010’s, Tennessee football has stayed around the 60-70 percent win margin per decade for the most part.

    The 1990’s were clearly when the team saw their peak, followed by the 1930’s believe it or not.

    Although it is not shown on the graphic, Tennessee football finished at .800 in the 30’s, .762 in the 40’s, and .683 in the 50’s.

    So, the Tennessee Volunteers still do rank in the Top 10 for teams that have a minimum of 500 wins. However, the 2010’s has brought the Vols number down a substantial bit.

    If Tennessee wants to keep their spot in the Top 10 for all-time win percentage, the 20’s will have to roar once again.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.