Josh Heupel’s inaugural season as Tennessee’s head coach is just three games in, but the 2022 schedule is officially set. The SEC released the Vols’ conference schedule on the SEC Network Tuesday night, completing the 2022 schedule.
The Vols open their 2022 campaign at home against Ball State on Sept. 3. The rest of the schedule is as follows: at Pitt, vs. Akron, vs. Florida, Bye week, at LSU, vs. Alabama, vs. UT Martin, vs. Kentucky, at Georgia, vs. Missouri, at Vanderbilt.
Tennessee's complete 2022 schedule
Sept. 3 — vs Ball State
Sept. 10 — at Pitt
Sept. 17 — vs Akron
Sept. 24 — vs UF
Oct. 1 — BYE
Oct. 8 — at LSU
Oct. 15 — vs Bama
Oct. 22 — vs UT Martin
Oct. 29 — vs UK
Nov. 5 — at UGA
Nov. 12 — vs Mizzou
Nov. 19 — at USC
Nov. 26 — at Vandy
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) September 21, 2021
Tennessee finalized its non conference schedule at an earlier date and gives the Vols a chance at revenge against the Panthers after their week two loss to the Panthers.
The Vols’ SEC opponents were already set but the dates are now finalized. Tennessee has a challenging road trip to LSU on Oct. 8. The road trip will mark the first time Tennessee has played in Baton Rouge since the infamous 2010 matchup when the Vols won and then lost.
The Vols fourth non conference game moves up a month in 2022. After playing a non conference opponent in November every year since 2014, the Vols will play five straight SEC opponents to end the season and four in November.
The South Carolina game, which has mostly been in October in the past, will be played Nov. 19. It will be the latest Tennessee has played the Gamecocks in a season since 1929.
Tennessee will play three of its final four games on the road and they could be critical. SEC games against Kentucky, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina and Vanderbilt bookend the 2022 campaign. Besides Georgia, all those games appear very winnable for Heupel’s second Tennessee team and will have a great bearing on the result of the season.
Tennessee opens up SEC play in the 2021 season Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET at Florida.