Even more from the annals of how the mighty have fallen…

You knew Tennessee was having a bad season, but here’s some history to put into perspective exactly how craptastic Fulmer’s final campaign may yet turn out:

Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee entered this season as the only FBS schools in the country that had never lost eight games in a season, according to Brett Edgerton of ESPN Research.

Well, you can already cross Michigan’s name off that list. The Wolverines have suffered through a 3-8 season with only Ohio State left to play this Saturday. They will not be going to a bowl game for the first time since 1974.

The Vols (3-7) could join the Wolverines in the dubious eight-loss club by losing Saturday at Vanderbilt or Nov. 29 against Kentucky at home. Only one other time in school history (John Majors’ first season in 1977) has Tennessee lost seven games in a season.

That’s got the potential to be monumentally wretched.

By the way, the never-lost-nine-games crowd is pretty exclusive, too.

Not counting schools that have lost games because of forfeits (Southern Miss) or just started playing major college football this decade (Troy), the only FBS schools that have never lost nine games on the field during a season are Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Georgia and Miami.

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8 responses to “Even more from the annals of how the mighty have fallen…

  1. Arizona State. Now that is something I never would have guessed.

  2. NebraskaDawg

    When was the last time Georgia lost 8? I thought we always went 10-2. (just kidding)

  3. I just looked it up – Georgia went 3-8 in 1953.

  4. You are on a roll today Senator. Now I have two new things to root for in the final weeks of the season.

    1) Three Big-12 teams in the BCS.

    2) 9 losses for UT for historical significance (Ok, this one isn’t new, because every year I hope for them to go 0-12).

  5. Ally

    “…the only FBS schools that have never lost nine games on the field during a season are Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Georgia and Miami.”

    I absolutely LOVE not seeing Floriduh, Bammer, or Yech on that list.

    Good to know they’ve sucked ass more than we EVAH have in a season.

  6. Wolfman

    Thank you Ray Goff for squeaking it out against Southern Miss and ECU in 1990.

  7. NM

    I was very impressed with the “never lost 8″ stat, so I’m glad we’re in the “never lost 9″ pool, which is still pretty cool. I’d rather be like OU than Ohio State anyway…

    I’ve always thought Michigan and Tennessee were basically the same program and this confirms it. Both are historically great programs that keep getting overshadowed by rivals (O-State for UM, and Bama/Florida/Georgia depending on the decade for UT). Both had (until recently) head coaches that nobody really liked anymore but who played ten-year-old national titles into as much job security as they could. And, soon enough, both lost 8 (or will it be 9?) games for the first time in 2008.

  8. CEW

    Hehe…. Well, you can cross Michigan off the “never lost nine” list as well. Ohio State kicked those boys around somethin’ awful today. Meanwhile, Tennessee shocked a lot of people by beating Vanderbilt. I never thought I’d have the chance to type that last sentence.